Mamunur Rashid and Kailash Sarkar
Police are yet to find any clue to the killing of Italian national Cesare Tavella as investigation into the grisly murder has hardly made any headway, although terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the killing.
Police also failed to arrest anyone yet in this connection.
Tavella, 50, was gunned down on Monday evening at Gulshan-2's Road 90, the heart of the capital's diplomatic enclave.
"A murder case was filed with Gulshan Police Station against several unknown assailants by Heleen Saaf van der Beek, the country representative of ICCO Cooperation," said Sabbir Rahman, Sub-Inspector of Gulshan Police Station.
ICCO Cooperation is the parent organisation of the project with which the slain Italian was working as the project manager.
One of the witnesses, rickshaw mechanic Md Joynal said he saw three assailants on a motorcycle fleeing. "One of them was wielding a gun. During gunshot two light posts were off," he added.
A Detective Branch senior official said several investigation teams are working in the field to unfold the motive behind Tavella's murder.
A special police unit, comprising skilled police officials, was formed on Tuesday to probe the murder.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Joint Commissioner Md Monirul Islam is heading the murder probe.
Talking to the Daily Observer last evening, Mashrukur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of DB-South, said the case has already been shifted to the DB for investigation.
"We have taken this murder as a challenge," Md Mokhlesur Rahman, acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), told reporters after a meeting at the Police headquarters in Dhaka. "We'll solve the murder case and prevent any repetition of the incident," Rahman added.
The special meeting was arranged to plan measures to tame the security concerns over Monday's assassination of the Italian national in the capital's diplomatic enclave in Gulshan.
The meeting was attended, among others, DMP Commissioner Mohammad Asaduzzaman Miah, Deputy Inspector General (DIG-crime) Helal Uddin Badri and DIG od Special Branch Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan.
Cesare Tavella, the Italian national, was shot three times from behind at close range, says the forensic expert who conducted the autopsy. Two of the bullets pierced through his body, while the other was recovered from the body. "One bullet hit his left hand. It was a through and through gunshot. He was also shot twice on his back. One of those bullets pierced through his chest," said Qazi Md Abu Shama on Tuesday.
Briefing reporters at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) mortuary, the forensic department's assistant professor said they removed the third bullet that was stuck in Tavella's body during autopsy. "He was shot from close range. It appears that these bullets were fired from a revolver," Abu Shama added.
At a press briefing in Dhaka Tuesday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal rejected the claim that the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) existed in the country.
"There is no IS in Bangladesh," he said adding the involvement of IS in the murder of the Italian national in Dhaka is yet to be confirmed. Jihadist threat monitoring portal SITE Intelligence Group on Monday night said the Islamic State (IS) had claimed responsibility for the murder, foreign media reported. The Home Minister said the surrounding the murder would be solved soon.
When contacted, Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, Director of the Legal and Media Wing of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), said investigations were going on to bring the culprits to book.