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Italian Murder Case
Investigators still in the dark
Kailash Sarkar
Published :Thursday, 1 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 29

Since there was no headway made in the investigation into the Italian national murder case even after three days of the incident, the Detective Branch (DB) on Wednesday formed another committee to assist the investigators.
The latest probe body formed by the DB, the designated investigating agency, comprises 11 of its officials. So far three separate special committees have been formed to assist the regular investigators. The Police Headquarters had formed two other special committees for the same purpose on Tuesday.  Besides, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) high-ups yesterday held a special meeting at its headquarters on law and order situation following the sensational murder of the foreigner in the capital on September 28. Earlier on Tuesday, top officials from all the agencies and units of the police also held a meeting at the Police HQs on the same issue.  Unidentified gunmen shot death 50-year-old-Italian national Tavella Cesare, the project manager at the Netherlands-based NGO ICCO Cooperation's Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (PROOFS) programme, in the evening on September 28 on Road-90 in Gulshan-2. He was killed within five months of his arrival in Dhaka.
Day after the murder, a case was filed by one of the colleagues of the victim with Gulshan Police Station accusing unknown criminals. On the same day, the case was handed over to the DB for investigation. Muntasirul Islam, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the DMP Media Centre, on Wednesday said, "The fresh probe body is headed by DC-DB (East) Mahbub Alam, other members of the committee include four Additional DCs, four Assistant Commissioners and two inspectors of the DB." One of the two committees formed by the Police HQs is headed by Monirul Islam, a joint Commissioner of the DMP and another by special superintendent Rezaul Haider of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
"As the authorities concerned have given the highest priority to the incident, the DB authorities formed the 11-member committee for assisting the regular investigation process like the other special committees formed earlier," said DC Muntasirul Islam. The DC claimed that the additional committee will strengthen the entire investigation process to unearth the mystery behind the murder and arrest the killers.
Talking to the Daily Observer, DC Muntasirul Islam admitted that there was no headway in the investigation, but he said the investigators have already talked to many people, including the colleagues and friends of the victim. Besides, the investigators were also analyzing his phone call lists. He said they have already collected two laptops, two pen drives and the cell phone of the victim. The video footages captured by the CCTVs installed at the offices and buildings located near the killing spot.   To another query, DC Muntasirul said the investigators were carrying out their tasks keeping many issues in mind, but they were emphasizing mainly on three issues, which are personal enmity of the victim, his official activities and his international links.

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