3 Ex-Rab officials, AL leader charged in N’ganj 7-murders

3 Ex-Rab officials, AL leader charged in N’ganj 7-murders

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Police have submitted charge-sheets in court over the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj against 35 people, including three former RAB officials and Awami League leader Nur Hossain.
The chargesheets were submitted in two cases with Senior Judicial Magistrate Chandni Rupam’s court on Wednesday, Additional Public Prosecutor KM Fazlur Rahman said.The judge will hold a hearing on May 11 to decide whether she would admit the charges and order the start of trial, he added.
Seven men, including former Narayanganj City councillor Nazrul Islam and senior lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarkar, were abducted on Apr 27 last year.
Their bloated bodies were found floating on the Shitalakkhya River several days later.
Families of Islam and Sarkar filed separate cases over the incident.
Islam’s family alleged prime suspect Hossain had bribed RAB Tk 60 million to carry out the crimes, a charge the elite police unit initially denied.
But then Narayanganj-based RAB-11 chief Tarek Sayeed Mohammad along with Arifur Rahman and MM Rana were sent back to their parent forces and forced to retire.
They were arrested later upon court orders.
Mohammad is the son-in-law of Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, who had sought to defend him saying none from his family was involved with the crime.
But RAB sources told bdnews24.com that their investigations had found evidence of involvement of their own officers in the crimes.
Local Awami League leader Hossain, who fled to India, was arrested in Kolkata on charges of trespassing. The government says it is trying to bring him back to stand trial in Bangladesh.
Investigations revealed that Hossain had his rival Islam killed by RAB over a turf war.
Charges have been brought against 25 RAB personnel, including the disgraced trio.
Additional Public Prosecutor Rahman said 127 people had been made witnesses in the cases and they had cited 162 pieces of evidence.
An administrative committee, formed on court orders to look into the incident, last week said they would submit their final investigation report “soon”.

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