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REAZUL MURDER

Family doubt fair investigation by RAB

Muktadir Rashid

The family of Juba League leader Reazul Haque Khan Milky, who was killed in July allegedly by his party men, doubt a fair investigation in the case by the Rapid Action Battalion into the killing.
The family expressed the doubt in a letter to the battalion director general last month as many plotters and killers were yet to be arrested.
In the letter, the family also requested the battalion chief to ensure a neutral and fair investigation into the killing and to see whether the investigators recorded the statements of the family members correctly.
A group of armed people allegedly led by the then Juba League Dhaka city (south) unit joint secretary HM Jahid Siddique Tarek shot dead Reazul, the organising secretary of the same unit, in front of the Shoppers’ World at Gulshan in the capital on early July 30.
Reazul’s brother Major Rashedul Haque Khan Milky filed a case with Gulshan police station naming eleven accused mostly ruling Awami League and Juba League leaders and activists.
Of the accused, Jahid was, however, killed along with another in RAB custody on the way to Gulshan police station from a private hospital at Uttara on July 31. 
The family expressed the doubt alleging that the investigation was being delayed as powerful quarters were lobbying to exclude some of the killers from the charge sheet.
The investigators, however, said that they already completed the investigation.
The family also named some others, who were not named in the first information report, and requested the battalion chief to look into their involvements in the killing.
The letter said that Reazul had received a death threat from an influential cultural activist following dispute over a piece of land at Mothijheel.
The investigators said that the cultural leader was interrogated, among 25 others, but now he was lobbying to get dropped from the charge sheet.
The plaintiff, Rashedul, however, declined to comment on the letter, but the family members said they wanted demanded justice.
Motijheel thana Awami League leaders, however, had sent a letter to the home ministry requesting for taking no action before the completion of the investigation.
The battalion officials said that they completed investigation confirmed the involvement of ruling party leaders named in the first information report.
According to the battalion, the investigators found involvement of nearly 30 people including Jahid, Juba League Dhaka city (south) unit secretary Wahidul Alam Arif, Dhaka city (north) unit secretary Shakhawat Hossain Chanchal and Mothijheel Awami League secretary Jahidul Islam Tipu.
The supervising officer of the case, Lieutenant Colonel Kismat Hayat, however, told New Age that they would submit the charge sheet against only eight people, who were directly involved in the killing, declining to disclose their name.
He said that they did not want to implicate the ‘conspirers’ excepting the men against whom the investigators found strong evidence.
The investigators confirmed that ‘establishing supremacy’ was the main reason behind the killing.
Tender manipulation was another reason that led Jahid, among others, to take firearm against his close leader Reazul.
The battalion found their involvement analysing the mobile call-list and conversations, video footages recorded in the closed-circuit television cameras of the market and the confessional statements of two detained accused recorded by metropolitan magistrate.
The wealthy suspects, however, are lobbying for not being named in the charge sheet, the officials alleged.
Rashedul filed the case against Jahid, Chanchal, Tipu, Arif, Tuhinur Rahman Fahim, Syed Mostafa Ali Rumi, Md Rushed Mahmud, Saidul Islam alias Nuruzzaman, Mohammad Sujon Hawlader, Md Shohel Mahmud and Jahangir.
Juba League had expelled Jahid and Chanchal following the murder.
Of the suspects, Chanchal escaped to Bangkok while Tipu and Arif went into hiding, said the investigators.
Shohel Mahmud, 24, remained missing since plainclothes picked him up from Khulna on September 15.
Kismat said they were looking for him.
The investigators said that they also identified another youth, Aminul Islam Habib, a Class-IV government employee, to have shot Reazul to death.
Aminul’s family said they did not know his whereabouts since September 10.
Aminul, who was not named in the complaint, was named by Chanchal’s driver Jahangir Mandal in his confessional statement, the investigators said.
Jahangir also stated that another government employee Rafikul Islam, also Rampura thana Awami League leader, was alsi involved in the planning of the killing and assisted Habib to escape, the investigators said.
Rafikul, also a worker leader, had provided his luxury vehicle for the killing mission and was the custodian of the two firearms used in the killing, the investigators said.
The authorities have so far announced the arrests of 11 people in the case. Six of them were named in the complaint.
The plan of the killing was chalked out at a meeting at Chanchal’s office at Gulshan Shopping Centre on July 29 and the meeting was attended by Chanchal, Tipu, Arif, Jahid and five others, the investigators said.
They had planned to kill Reazul in front of the Vasavi Fashion, but they changed it because of presence of the police and finally killed him in front Shoppers’ World.
Three luxury sport utility vehicles of Rafik, Arif and Jahid, and two motorbikes were used during the killing while two other vehicles of Chanchal were used after the killing, the investigators said.
The battalion had arrested Fahima Islam Lopa, 25, wife of Maruf Reza Sagar, a close associate of Reazul, for ‘sharing information’ and whereabouts of Reazul with Jahid.  




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