Prime suspect Tarek, another killed in RAB ‘crossfire’Staff Correspondent
Juba League leader HM Jahidul Islam Tarek, the prime suspect in the killing of another Juba League leader Reazul Haque Khan Milky, and a man, Shah Alam, were killed in a ‘crossfire’ with the Rapid Action Battalion at Kawla in the city on Wednesday night.
Battalion officials said the ‘crossfire’ took place at a dark place on the Airport Road between Airport intersection and the Khilkhet bus stop at about 10:00pm when a group of 12 to 14 miscreants led by Shah Alam tried to take away Tarek from the battalion custody on the way to Gulshan police station from Fortune Hospital at Uttara.
Earlier, investigators said that the primary investigations found Tarek, the Dhaka city south Juba League joint secretary, along with his associates shot the organising secretary of the unit, Reazul, to death in front of Shoppers’ World at Gulshan on early Tuesday.
The battalion media and legal wing director, Wing Commander ATM Habibur Rahman, told New Age, ‘The armed miscreants in a white car and two motorbikes attacked the battalion team carrying Tarek and tried to snatch him triggering a gunfight.’
Habibur claimed that Tarek received bullets fired by the miscreants when he was in the microbus of battalion while Shah Alam was found shot dead on an alleyway some yards off the road.
The officials said that the miscreants intercepted the battalion team suddenly blocking its way by the car.
The bullet-hit blood-stained body of Tarek, cladding white trouser and ash-colour T-shirt, was seen in the middle-row of the microbus, the backside of which was ravaged with bullets.
The battalion seized the white car, a motorcycle and two pistols with ammunitions.
Gulshan police officer-in-charge Rafiqul Islam said that the battalion officials had informed in the evening that they would hand over Tarek to
the police as the Fortune Hospital was going to release him.
The hospital officials declined to talk about Tarek’s release while battalion officials were seen guarding the hospital.
Reazul’s brother major Rashedul Haque Khan, also a former RAB official in Barisal, had filed a case with Gulshan police station on Tuesday night accusing 11 people of killing Reazul.
Rashedul filed the case against Tarek, 35, Tuhinur Rahman, 25, Syed Mostafa Ali, 33, Md Russel Mahmud, 25, Saidul Islam alias Nuruzzaman, 22, Mohammad Suzon Hawlader, Md Sakhawat Hossain Chanchal, Md Sohel, Md Jahangir Mandal, Jahidul Islam Tipu and Arif.
Most of them are Juba League activist, said Rafiqul Islam
Six of the accused, including Tarek, were arrested at Uttara by the battalion on Tuesday, RAB-1 commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Kismat Hayat told New Age.
He claimed that the detained Tarek had confessed to the killing.
A Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday remanded the six arrestees in police custody for seven days for interrogation.
Kismat said that the primary interrogation found Tarek and Dhaka city north unit organising secretary Sakhawat Hossain Chanchal as prime suspects in the murder.
Juba League on Wednesday expelled Tarek and Chanchal.
‘In the primary interrogation, Tarek told us that they killed Milky following dispute over a tender and they had also threatened Milky not to participate in several tenders,’ said Kismat Hayat.
Earlier, investigators said that conflict between two Juba League leaders over political rivalry and tender manipulation might have caused the killing of Reazul.
Reazul had rivalry with Tarek over the tender manipulation as both of them were contractors in Matijheel AGB colony, they said.
The family members and friends of Reazul, however, alleged that a faction of Juba League killed him after being envious of his success in politics.
Gulshan police officer-in-charge Rafiqul said that after primary investigation they found that at least six to seven people participated in killing and and another shot Milky to dead.
He said that the police were suspecting that personal clashes over internal party politics or business might be the prime motive of the killing.
The battalion is likely to request the home ministry to assign it to investigate the case, Habibur said.
The Milky was buried at Azimpur graveyard after namaz-e-janaza at the AGB Colony at Motijheel.
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