Update November 5, 2015

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Tavella murder: BNP leader Kayum’s brother held

Sumel Sarker

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Tavella murder: BNP leader Kayum’s brother held

05 November 2015, Nirapad News: Police say they have arrested MA Matin, brother of former BNP ward commissioner MA Kayum, in connection with the murder of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella.

He was nabbed at Jessore’s Benapole around 11pm on Wednesday while trying to flee to India, claimed Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Matin’s family, however, alleged that police had picked him up ‘quite a few days’ before officially acknowledging it.

DMP spokesperson Muntasirul Islam told that Matin was tracked down based on information provided in the confessional statement of Minhazul Arefin Russel alias Bhagne Russel.

Russel was arrested along with three others for suspected involvement with Tavella’s murder.

Cesare Tavella, a project manager of a Netherlands-based NGO, was gunned down by motorcycle borne assailants in the high-security Gulshan diplomatic zone on Sep 28.

Nearly a month after the murder, police on Oct 26 claimed to have arrested four people they say were responsible for the murder.

Apart from Bhagne Russel, the others arrested were Russel Chowdhury alias Chakti Russel, Rubel Hossain alias Shooter Rubel and Shakhwat Hossain alias Sharif.

Police say Tavella was killed as part of a plot to discredit the government and put it under international pressure.

They say murdering a foreigner, especially a European, was meant to create the impression that ‘Bangladesh was not safe for foreigners’ anymore.

Paid by a so-called Boro Bhai (Big Brother), the two Russels and Rubel took part in the killing and they used Sharif’s motorcycle for the job, police claimed.

After initially saying that politicians were behind the murder, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal later said MA Kayum had ordered the hit on Tavella.

Except for Chakti Russel, the other three arrested have already given confessional statements ‘admitting to their crime’ before the court, claimed DMP Deputy Commissioner Muntasirul Islam.

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