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Criminals planned MP Azim’s murder for 3 months, executed in 30 mins: DB Chief

  • Update Time : Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Akhtaruzzaman Shahin, the alleged mastermind in the murder of MP Anwarul Azim Anar, had been plotting for three months to kill MP Azim, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Chief Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid.

Speaking at a press briefing in the capital on Thursday (23 May), he said the criminals took 30 minutes from 2.51pm on 13 May to kill the Bangladeshi MP.

Shimul Bhuiyan, a leader of the extremist organisation Purba Banglar Communist Party, was the main hitman, Harun said, adding that he had obtained a fake passport with the name Amanullah to disguise his identity.

According to the DB chief’s statement, Shahin, along with his cohorts, held a meeting in a Gulshan or Bashundhara residence and planned to kill MP Azim in Bangladesh but the accused feared they could get caught doing so.

They later chose Kolkata to execute their plan, he added.

Harun said after killing MP Azim they cut the body into pieces and mixed turmeric powder with it before putting them into plastic bags to avoid suspicion.

“They scattered the body parts in multiple places and thought they would not get caught. They also sent his two phones to two states of India to confuse investigators,” said the DB chief quoting the arrestees along with information provided by Indian police.

The flat where MP Azim was kept in Kolkata was decked with advanced technology and biometric sensors. No one could enter or exit without biometric and iris verifications, said the police chief.

Regarding the reason behind the murder, he said, “Once we conclude the investigation we can ascertain the motive. Our main focus is now arresting the rest of the accused and others involved.”

The Detective Branch arrested Shimul aka Amanullah for the murder yesterday (22 May).

“Kolkata police have arrested two more in this connection,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday.

What Kolkata police said about murder of MP Azim?

“This is not a matter between the two states. The home minister said it was a planned murder. We are getting all the updates via the Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata,” said Hasan.

MP Azim, who went missing from Kolkata on 14 May, was found dead in Kolkata yesterday (22 May). He went there on 11 May for medical treatment.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on 22 May said the lawmaker of Jhenaidah-4 was brutally killed at a flat in New Town, a suburb of Kolkata.

“The information we have so far is that the people of our country are involved in the killing,” he said while speaking at a press briefing held at his Dhanmondi residence.

“An investigation is underway to ascertain the reason behind the murder. A few persons were arrested and others who were involved in the murder will be brought to justice. But the names can’t be disclosed now for the sake of the investigation,” Chief of the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid said on Wednesday.

“We are in close contact with the Indian police and are receiving important information regarding the murder but can’t disclose anything now,” he added.


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