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Bishwajit Das murder

2 more on 8-day remand Another held

Times national Desk - December 16th, 2012

Two more suspected killers of Bishwajit Das were placed on an eight-day remand on Saturday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate MA Salam granted the remand after Mahbubul Alam Akond, a sub-inspector of Sutrapur Police Station, produced Saiful Islam and Rasheduzzaman Shaon before the court today. Akond, also investigation officer of the case, sought a 10-day remand for each.
Saiful and Rasheduzzaman, the fourth-year students of history department at Jagannath University, were arrested in Dhaka and in Sylhet on Friday in connection with the murder.
Twenty-four-year-old Bishwajit, a tailor, was beaten and hacked to death by activists of pro-Awami League student body Chhatra League during the early hours of the blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.
In the remand petition, the IO said the law enforcers had identified the dup after examining video footage, and found that they were directly involved in the killing.
Photographs and video footage of the December 9 murder show Saiful and Shaon hitting Bishwajit with iron rods, he said.
The duo needed to be remanded to find out vital clues about the killing and whereabouts of their accomplices, the IO added.
On Friday, another court placed three people held earlier in connection with the murder on an eight-day remand each.
Rafiqul Islam Shakil, the key accused in Bishwajit Das killing case, was arrested at Bakerganj upazila in Barisal early Saturday.
Twenty-four-year-old Bishwajit was beaten and hacked to death by activists of pro-Awami League student body Chhatra League during the December 9 countrywide road blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Detective Branch of police from Dhaka conducted a raid at the house of Kanchon Ali Mir, a relative of Shakil, at Deshantorkathee village around 5:00am and made the arrest, said Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bakerganj Police Station.
The DB team left Bakerganj early morning for Dhaka along with Shakil, reports our Patuakhali correspondent quoting the OC.
Meanwhile, Shakil’s father Md Ansar Ali Khalifa, a retired staff of the district tax office, died of heart attack at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Saturday, six days after the gruesome murder of Bishwajit.