Update April 27, 2016

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Kalabagan killings, Significant evidence gathered : DMP Commissioner

Sumel Sarker

DMP

Kalabagan killings, Significant evidence gathered : DMP Commissioner

27 April 2016, Nirapad News: Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah claime that Significant information and evidence over the Kalabagan double murder have been gathered. But, he declined to disclose the information for proper investigation.

“Every aspects are being investigated…. whether they were killed by militants or due to money-related conflict,” said the DMP commissioner while addressing a function at the DMP Headquarters on Wednesday.

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited donated three pickup vans to the DMP at the function.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia also claimed that there have been ‘significant progresses’ in the investigations into the recent murders of writer, bloggers-online activists and a publisher, reports bdnews24.com.

He said that most of the killers of writer Avijit Roy and one of his publishers Faisal Arefin Dipan have left the country.

Since the February 2015 killing of Bangladeshi American writer Roy, who founded the blog ‘Muktomona’ (free thinkers), by machete-wielding attackers, several murders in similar patterns have occurred in Bangladesh.

On Saturday, an LGBT rights activist was hacked to death, along with a friend, inside his Dhaka home.

The twin murder was the latest in the series of machete killings Bangladesh has been witnessing since early last year.

Militant outfit ‘Ansar Al Islam’, which claims to be the Bangladesh affiliate of al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s killings as well as six other previous killings of bloggers-online activists and the publisher.

Meanwhile, Middle East-based Islamic State (IS) too reportedly took responsibility for some of the killings that took place since 2015, including those of an Italian in Dhaka and a Japanese in Rangpur, according to terrorism monitoring group SITE Intelligence.

The Bangladesh government, however, denies presence of IS operatives in the country.

It says ‘home-grown’ Islamist radicals are behind the killings.

Dhaka metro police chief, however, said that it was about time that these killings needed ‘special attention’.

“These planned killings are now a matter of concern. It needs special efforts,” he said.

Since the murder of Roy in February last year, one of his publishers Dipan, blogger-online activists Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Niladri Chatterjee Niloy and Ananta Bijoy Dash have been killed in similar fashion by machete-wielding attackers, targeting the head to ensure immediate death.

In February 2013, a few days after the Shahbagh movement demanding maximum punishment for 1971 war criminals started, blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed near his home in Dhaka.

“A total of 21 cases have been initiated over the murders of bloggers and a publisher. We have identified the perpetrators in 16 cases,” said DMP Commissioner Mia.

Out of the 21 cases, 11 have been opened with the Dhaka metro police, he added.

“We suspect militants’ involvement behind the killings. Police have submitted chargesheet in five cases. Killers of blogger Rajib have been brought to justice.”

Investigations into the murders of Roy, publisher Dipan, blogger-online activist Niloy and the attack on Roy’s close friend publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, who survived, were still going on, said the Dhaka metro police commissioner.

Mia claimed of achieving ‘significant progresses’ in the probes. “We have identified the killers of Avijit and Dipan. Some of them have been arrested, but most of them have left Bangladesh.”

On Saturday’s murder of LGBT activist Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, he said that police reached the spot “within seven minutes of the incident.”

“A police officer was hacked (by the attackers while fleeing). We managed to seize a bag belonging to one of the perpetrators.”

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