Dhaka-JMB militant Tarequl Islam Mithu, arrested over the killing of Khijir Khan, has revealed that he along with his other associates slaughtered the former PDB chairman following conflict over religious ideology, said a DB officer.Detective Branch (DB) of police, the investigating agency of the sensational killing case, also gathered information about the other militants who took part in the killing mission, he said.
Based on the information, the detectives have already conducted several drives at different places, including the city and Savar on the outskirts of the capital, to arrest the other killers, the DB officer added.
DB arrested Mithu from Tangail and Alek Bepary, a microbus driver, from Mirpur in the capital on October 14 over the gruesome murder.
Khijir Khan, 66, was slaughtered at his Khanka Sharif (gathering place of followers) at Gudaraghat in the city’s Madhya Badda area on October 5 allegedly by Islamic extremist group, believed to be members banned Islamic outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Victim’s son Ashraful Islam filed a case with Badda Police Station the following day. Sub-inspector Aminul Islam of the police station had been made investigation officer of the killing case. Later, the case was transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on October 14. DB Inspector Azizur Rahman was made the new IO of the case.
Contacted, Inspector Azizur Rahman said Mithu and his accomplice Alek were taken on a five-day fresh remand on Monday. They are now being grilled by the detectives in the DB headquarters at Minto Road in the city, he said.
The IO said Mithu divulged some important information about his accomplices who directly took part in the killing mission. “We’ve conducted a number of drives in several places, including Dhaka city and Savar, to arrest the suspected killers,” he added.
He said both Mithu and Alek Bepari revealed significant information about the killing. Alek was the driver of the vehicle used by the killers during the killing.
Earlier on October 15, a Dhaka court placed the duo on a three-day remand each.
After completion of the three-day remand, the IO produced them before the court on Monday and took them on the fresh five-day remand to interrogate them.-News Desk