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Fugitive convict arrested 30 years after murder

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Fugitive convict arrested 30 years after murder

A fugitive, who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a constable and looting firearms from a police station in Natore, has been arrested in Rupganj of Narayanganj 30 years after he had gone into hiding.

A team from Rapid Action Battalion-3 (RAB) arrested the convict, Saiful Islam alias Manik, 56, hailing from Khotbari at Chatmohar in Pabna, on Friday.

Saiful, who was an activist of the Communist Party East Bengal (Red Flag), also known as  "Charampanthi". He worked as a worker at a factory in Rupganj by changing his name to Sattar.

Lt Col Arif Mohiuddin Ahmed, commanding officer of RAB-3, said this while briefing reporters at RAB media centre in Kawran Bazar of the capital on Saturday noon.

At about 11:00 am on February 24, 1987, a number of members of the Charampanthi stormed into Gurudaspur Police Station in Natore and killed Constable Habibur Rahman, and looted 24 firearms and many bullets.

 Two cases were filed against unknown people with the police station that day.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police arrested 20 suspects and pressed two charge sheets against 49 accused on November 11, 1990. In 2007, a Natore court declared the verdict in the case. Saiful was sentenced to life-term imprisonment in the case.

The RAB officer said Saiful joined the Communist Party East Bengal (Red Flag) through Tarek, a leader of the party, in 1984.

After looting the police station, the activists of the party and the activists of Nakshal were locked in a gunfight at Khotbari in Chatmohar of Pabna in 1988. Some 12 members of Nakshal were killed in the flight.

Saiful was arrested in the case filed over the 12 murders in 1989, according to the RAB officer.

During interrogation, he confessed to his involvement in the fight and the looting of the police station.

He was sent to jail. After that, he came out on bail and went into hiding.

About eight years ago, his leader, Tarek, was killed by the members of his party. After that, he cut off all communication with the party members. Saiful is wanted in five cases.