Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday again ruled out existence of Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh.
"There is no involvement of IS with the killing of Italian national in Gulshan area on Monday," the Minister told journalists at
his ministry after a meeting with Italian Ambassador in Bangladesh Mario Palma.
Security in Dhaka's diplomatic zone and elsewhere in the country where foreign nationals are working has been beefed up, Kamal said.
During the meeting with the Italian envoy, Cesare Tavella's murder and arrest of the culprits involved in the brutal killing came up for discussion.
Some unidentified miscreants shot Tavella to death, who was working as a project manager of ICCO Corporation, a Netherlands-based organisation.
"I have told him that despite an official proclamation of IS's involvement with the killing there is no existence of the Middle East-based terrorist organisation in Bangladesh. The IS statement was also issued using fake identity. The diplomat agreed with me. He said he is also agreed that IS activists are not involved with the killing," the home boss added.
The Minister assured the envoy that law enforcers would arrest the culprits soon. "Law enforcement agencies are putting all out efforts to find the criminals and definitely we will be able to catch the criminals," he told Mario Palma.
During the meeting, Home Ministry's Senior Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan, Acting Inspector General of Police Mokhlesur Rahman and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah were present.
The Minister said, "We are exploring every possibility, every doubt very seriously and investigating. Police are doing everything possible to catch the criminals."
On investigation into Tavella murder, the Acting IGP said all the avenues relating to the probe remain open.
"We're not stuck in any specific direction. All the directions are open and we are investigating all criminal activities. We're also looking into whether it is personal enmity or not. We're checking out whether it was mugging," he elaborated.
He said, "We are also taking into consideration whether any other external processes are involved in this killing. We have collected video footage and we are examining."
As per the footage the number of criminals might be three or four, he added.
The Minister informed the envoy that a high-profile investigation team had been formed with joint commissioner of Detective Branch of Police as its head.
All SPs, DIGs and Police Commissioners have been instructed to take special care of all Italian citizens living and working in Bangladesh, especially in Rangpur, Kurigram, Barisal, Bhola and other parts of the country, Kamal further told the Italian envoy.