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Narayanganj 7-Murder Case
Killings under order of senior officers, confess 3 RAB men
Our Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-08-31,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 25
NARAYANGANJ, Aug 30: Three members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), who were arrested on Wednesday over Narayanganj sensational multiple-murder, reportedly made their 'confessional' statements separately on Saturday over their involvement in the crime.
Prosecution lawyer K M Fazlul Rahman said, "They claimed their senior officers had ordered them to get involved in the killings."
Habildar Emdadul Haque, Lance Nayek Md Hira Miah and Sepoy Taiyab Ali separately gave confessional statements in three courts of Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate on Saturday.
Relatives of Islam and Sarkar filed two separate cases over the incident. Islam's father-in-law claimed RAB personnel had taken Tk 60 million from the prime suspect Nur Hossain to carry out the crime.
Six more RAB-11 personnel have given confessional statements as eyewitnesses of the abduction and killings.
Police on Aug 27 arrested five more RAB personnel -- Haque, Radio Operator Arif Hossain, Hira Miah, Lance Nayek Md Jalal and Taiyab -- posted at Narayanganj-11 unit during the sensational murder.
They were sent on eight-day remand in the case filed by Islam's wife Selina Islam on Wednesday.
Narayanganj police superintendent Khandakar Mohid Uddin said they were making "good progress" in their investigation, but added that more time was needed for the probe. "So far, 17 people have issued confessional statements in the court. Of them, five gave confessionary statements while the rest issued statements as witnesses," he said
Superintendent of police of Naraynagnaj Dr Khandaker Mohiduddin said they confessed under section 164 of the penal code.
On April 27, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area in Narayanganj city. Hours into their abduction, senior lawyer of the Narayanganj District Judge's Court, Chandan Kumar Sarker, and his driver were abducted on their way to capital Dhaka.
Three days into their abduction, the bodies of six people, including that of Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya River on April 30. Besides, the body of Jahangir, the car driver of Nazrul Islam, was recovered from the river on May 1.
Three former Rab officials, including Lt Col Tareque, Major Arif Hossain, Lt Commander MM Rana, who were arrested earlier, confessed to their involvement in the sensational seven murders.

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