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Charge sheet likely Monday for killing blogger Rajib

Muktadir Rashid

The Detective Branch of police is likely to press charges on Monday against eight people including Islamist outfit Ansar Ullah Bangla Team chief Jasimuddin Rahmani for killing blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in February 2013.
Charges will also be pressed against the detained expelled North South University students Faisal Bin Nayeem, also known as Dip, Maksudul Hassan Ashique, Ehsan Reza Rumman, Nayeem Sikder, also known as Irad, Nafiz Imtiaz and Sadman Yasir Mahmud, and former North South University student Rejwanul Azad Rana, DB sources said.
Rejwanul is still in hiding.
Jasimuddin had been in jail since his arrest in Barguna in August 2013 in another case.
The investigator of the case, inspector Nibaron Chandra Barman, told New Age that they would submit the charge sheet on Monday after a final review of the investigation report today.
The DB sources said that deputy commissioner Sheikh Nazmul Alam would sit today before sending it to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court.
After analysing the confessional statements made by the detained seven accused before magistrate’s, the investigators claimed that they found that the killing was taken place for the anti-Islamic writings of Rajib on blogs.
Rajib’s father Nazim Uddin told New Age on Saturday, ‘Many of the arrested had confessed that they killed Rajib being provoked by others.’
Nazim, however, said that until Rejwanul was arrested, the motive of the killing would remain unknown. 
Known as Thaba Baba (Father Claw) in the community of bloggers, Rajib, one of the initiators of the Shahbagh protests, was hacked to death in front of his house in Palashnagar in the capital’s Mirpur on February 15, 2013.
The murder case, filed with the Pallabi police on the same night, was transferred to the Detective Branch on the following day and a group of detectives led by then additional deputy commissioner Mashiur Rahman and assistant commissioner Tawhidul Islam started the investigation.
The investigator arrested five North South University students – Faisal of Matuail and Maksud of Keraniganj in Dhaka, Ehsan Reza of Jhenaidah, Nayeem of Brahmanbaria, and Nafis of Sandwip in Chittagong — at places in the capital in March 2013.
The investigators said that they also named 55 people including metropolitan magistrate, police and DNA analyst as prosecution witnesses.
‘None of them, however, had witnessed the killing directly,’ the case investigator said.
In the statements recorded by metropolitan magistrate Harun-or-Rashid, the detained expelled NSU students named Jasimuddin for instigating them to kill Rajib. The police collected documents in favour of his involvement, the investigators said.
Rajib’s murder added fuel to the protests at Shahbagh, where he, with thousands of people, had been rallying pressing for capital punishment for all war criminals.




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