Three officials of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), accused of taking bribes for the multiple murders in Narayanganj, have been discharged from duty, the BBC reported in its Bangla morning news bulletin on Wednesday.
Bdndews24.com reported quoting the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR): Lt Col Tarek Sayeed Mohammad, Major Arif Hossain and naval officer Lt Commander MM Rana have been sent on forced retirement. Lt Col Tarek is son-in-law to senior Awami League leader and Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.The wife of slain Narayanganj City Corporation Panel Mayor Nazrul Islam had alleged that the police raid on Nur Hossains home and arrest of about a dozen people after the recovery of the bodies of seven victims was nothing but eyewash.
In her complaint filed with police councilor Nur Hossain was shown as the main accused. A relative of Nazrul had complained that NCC councillor Nur Hossain paid a Taka 60 million bribe for the abduction followed by killings.
Meanwhile forensic report on the victims said that the seven people killed after abduction in Narayanganj on Apr 27, were put to death in a cool calculated manner. They fell unconscious after being hit and then were strangulated.
It later appeared that the killers had thrown the bodies into the Sitalakhya river after tying their legs with bricks to prevent those from floating on the surface of water. Three days later the bodies were found floating in the river in decomposed state. Relatives of the victims identified the bodies.
According to reports the army, has confirmed to ISPR early retirements for Tarek and Arif, but a circular in this regard was yet to be issued. Naval officer MM Rana was forced to go on retirement. ISPR awaited an official intimation.
The Narayanganj District Bar association on Tuesday had announced plans to besiege the RAB-11 office in case action was not taken against the real killers of their fellow advocate Chandan Kumar Sarkar.
The parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of home affairs put heavy pressure on the DG of RAB to identify those involved in the abduction and murder. While RAB initiated an inquiry, a High Court division bench barred the agency from carrying out its own investigation.
Seven persons, including Naraynganj City Corporation Councillor Nazrul Islam, senior lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarkar, were abducted from the city on Apr 27. Three days later, their bodies were found floating on the Shitalakhya river.
The Commanding Officer of RAB 11 in Narayanganj Tarek Sayeed Mohammad was withdrawn and sent back to army after the incident.
A relative of the slain councillor alleged that RAB had taken Tk 60 million from the prime accused Nur Hossain to carry out the abductions and killings.