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Prime accused Ashish in actor Sohel Chowdhury murder arrested after 24 yrs

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Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Tuesday night arrested Ashish Roy Chowdhury, the prime and fugitive accused in the sensational murder case of actor Sohel Chowdhury.

He was arrested nearly after 24 years.

A team of RAB cordoned off a house named ‘Firoza Gurden’ near Gulshan’s Pink City from 10:30 pm, said RAB legal and media wing director Khandaker Al Moin.

The elite force seized 23 bottles of foreign liquor, several cans of beer, and shisha equipment from the house No 25/B on road No. 107 during the raid.

Khandaker Al Moin said, “Ashish left his Mirpur DOHS house and rented a flat in Gulshan to escape arrest as his new warrant was issued on 26 March this year. He had been hiding in this house since March 30.

RAB also detained two women from the flat.

Ashish Roy Chowdhury alias Botol Chowdhury was one of the nine accused in the charge sheet filed over the case, the RAB official said.

He has been currently working at a reputed private organisation.

Film producer and controversial businessman Aziz Mohammad Bhai had alleged links to the killing of Sohel Chowdhury.

Besides Ashish and Aziz Mohammad, Afaqul Islam alias Bunti Islam, Sanjidul Islam Emon, Adnan Siddiqui, Tariq Sayeed Mamun, Selim Khan, Harun Ur Rashid alias Leather Liton and Faruque Abbasi were charged in court.

On March 20, an arrest warrant was issued against three persons, including Aziz Mohammad Bhai. The two others are Bunti Islam and Selim Khan.

Ashish said he once got bail in the case but RAB officials are not sure whether the bail was cancelled or not.

On December 18, 1998, Sohel Chowdhury was shot dead by some miscreants at Trumps Club in Abedin Tower in the capital’s Banani area.

Ashish was one of the owners of that club.

Sohel Chowdhury’s brother Towhidul Islam Chowndhury filed a murder case with Gulshan Police Station.

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