Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lokman killing: Minister’s brother surrenders

Salauddin Ahmed Bachchu, the prime accused in Narsingdi municipal mayor Lokman Hossain killing and younger brother of the telecommunications minister, was remanded shortly after he and four others had surrendered before a Narsingdi court Sunday.

The four other defendants are: businessman Monowar Hossain Khan Moyeen, former municipality mayor late Manik’s younger brother Amir Hossain Amu and son Mamun and ex-commissioner late Kabir Mia's brother Hiron. 

Our Narsingdi correspondent reported that the five surrendered before the court of Narsingdi Chief Judicial Magistrate Nitai Chandra Saha around 10:30am and sought bail.

After holding hearing on the appeals, the court turned down their bail prayers.

The prosecution, meantime, requested the court for a 10-day remand for each of the accused.

The court later placed Bachchu, Amu and Mamun on a one-day remand each and sent Moyeen and Hiron to jail.

The prosecution was directed to interrogate the two at the jail gate.

While the proceedings were continuing, Bachchu’s supporters brought out a procession on the court premises and chanted slogans demanding cancellation of the case against Bachchu.

Two time gold medallist mayor of Narsingdi municipality Lokman Hossain succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital three hours after criminals shot him at the town Awami League office on Sadar Road on November 1 last year.

According to the first information report (FIR), Posts and Telecommunications Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju's brother Bachchu and nine others hatched the murder plot and ordered four other people to kill Lokman.

Mamunur Rashid Mandal, investigation officer (IO) of the Lokman murder case, told The Daily Star that so far 24 accused have been arrested in this connection.

Of the accused, 10 confessed their involvement with the killing before the court.

In a recent development, Lokman's widow Nusrat Tamanna Bubli expressed her doubt about the fair investigation.

She alleged that the law enforcers have been arresting the people who have no link with the killing in a bid to help the prime accused to stay out of jail.