All units including police, detectives working to arrest killers of Xulhas, Tanoy: DMP commissioner

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Dhaka, April 27: DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Wednesday said that all the units of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) including detective branches and Criminal Investigation Division (CID) are working to arrest the killers and unearth the causes behind the Kalabagan double murder.

“There is no reason to be terrified as it is an isolated incident and the government has taken it as a challenge,” he said while speaking at a function at the DMP commissioner’s office in the city.

“We are not sure whether any militant group is involved in the incident. We are looking into the possibilities of the involvement of militants and suspecting that whether the murders had any link with transaction of money,” he said.

Asaduzzaman Mia said the assailants left a bag while fleeing after killing. Evidence found in the bag is very important for the investigation. Police are moving forward with the evidence, he said.

Earlier on Monday, USAID staff Xulhaz Mannan, 35, and his friend Tanoy, 26, an activist of the theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death at an apartment in Kalabagan area.

The criminals also stabbed Parvez Mollah, a guard of the building, leaving him injured. He was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Referring to the murder of blogger Avijit Roy and Faisal Arefin Dipon, he said most of the killers have already left the country.

Asaduzzaman Mia said ‘significant’ progress has been achieved in Avijit and Dipon murder investigation.

“We’ve received the names and addresses of those who killed Avijit and Dipon. Some of them have been arrested, but it could not be possible to arrest all of them. Many of the killers have already left Bangladesh. We are now looking into it with very importance,” he said.

Asaduzzaman Mia said the issue of ‘planned murders’ carries significance. “Investigation into these murders requires special efforts.”

The DMP commissioner said a total of 21 cases have so been filed in connection with the murders of bloggers and publishers. Sixteen of the cases have been detected. Eleven cases have been filed in Dhaka city alone. “We think that different militant organisations committed those murders,” he said.

He said: “Judgement has been given in blogger Rajib murder case. Eight were sentences on different terms, while two were given death sentences. Chargesheets have been given in some cases, while investigation into several other cases has been going on. Among these, one is Avijit murder case and another is Dipon murder case. Another was attempt to murder that took place at Suddhaswar Prokashani at the city’s Mohammadpur and the other is Niloy murder case. These are now under investigation.”

Middle East-based terror organisation Islamic State (IS) claimed the responsibilities of murdering Avijit Roy and Faisal Arefin Dipon. However, the government has been claiming that such an organisation does not exist in Bangladesh.

The function was organised on the occasion of donating three pick-up vans to the DMP by the Islamic Bank Limited.