Update March 14, 2015

Dhaka 11-45 am, 02-December, 2020

DNA tests, fingerprinting on cards for Farabi

Sumel Sarker

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Farabi was arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion on March 2

14 March 2015, Nirapad News: Detectives will seek, the prime suspect in writer Avijit Roy’s murder Shafiur Rahman Farabi’s DNA samples and fingerprints, after his interrogation in 10 days’ remand failed to produce a breakthrough in the investigation.

“In addition to conducting a DNA test, we will collect Farabi’s fingerprints to match them against evidence collected from the crime scene,” Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of Police, told yesterday.

Asked about Farabi’s remand which ended yesterday, Monirul said investigators were filing another case against him under the ICT Act for instigating violence on Facebook. Detectives said he would be shown arrested in the case. “If the court grants us more time to interrogate him, we hope to get something useful from him,” Monirul said.

Avijit and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, were brutally attacked on February 26 at Dhaka University’s TSC roundabout. Avijit succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital some hours after the attack. Bonya is now being treated at a hospital in the US.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also investigating the murder. The FBI team, having obtained permission from a local court, sent 13 specimens from the crime scene to their laboratory in the United States for testing. Farabi was arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion on March 2.

Detectives are conducting an intensified search for Redwanul Azad Rana, the suspected mastermind of the Avijit killing.

A letter has been sent to immigration police and the BGB to bar Rana, who is also a listed accused in the blogger Rajib Haider murder case, from leaving Bangladesh. ,

Monirul Islam, also the spokesperson of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, said police had still not tracked down the suspected criminal mastermind.

“Our team is investigating the case and trying to locate Rana and 10 others whose names appeared on Farabi’s Facebook page,” added Monirul.

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