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Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Kartik 12, 1422 BS, Muharram 13, 1437 Hijri

Tavella Murder
One of four held confesses to killing
Staff Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 27 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 17

A suspect, arrested in connection with the murder of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella's murder in Dhaka on September 28, has confessed to his involvement in the crime, police say.
A Dhaka court on Monday placed three of the four suspected killers on eight-day remand each.
Miras Uddin, Court police's Assistant Commissioner, said the investigation officer did not seek time to interrogate Tamjid Ahmmed Rubel alias 'Shooter Rubel' as he had given a confessional statement.
Besides Rubel, the other arrested were identified as Sakhawat Hossain alias Sharif, Russell Chowdhury alias Chakki Russell alias Biddut Russell and Minhazul Arefin Russell alias Bhagina Russell alias Kala Russell.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mahbubur Rahman passed the order after Inspector Zehad Hossain of Detective Branch of Dhaka police, also the investigation officer of Tavella murder case, produced them before it with a ten-day remand prayer for each.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mohammad Asaduzzaman Miah said on Monday that Tavella murder suspects confessed to being hired for killing 'a white man' to create anarchy in the country,
"Not Tavella, they were contracted to kill any foreign national, especially a white-skinned man," Miah told a press briefing at DMP media centre on Mintoo Road.
A person, known as 'boro bhai' (big brother), hired and paid the contracted killers, Miah added.
Detectives also recovered the motorbike used  Tavella  murder.
Chakki Russell, son of Shahjahan Chowdhury, was arrested in Gulshan, Bhagina Russell in Shatarkul area and Rubel from a secret hideout in Badda on Monday, according to the DMP boss.
Based on information given by Bhagina Russell, a police team seized the white motorbike, FZS, from a house at Madhya Badda, Miah said. Sharif, the owner of the seized motorbike, is a dealer of illegal firearms and a yaba trader. After their arrest, the law enforcers interrogated the four separately. Sharif, in the primary interrogation, told police that he gave Bhagina Russell his motorbike for an operation after the latter requested him, the police commissioner said. Bhagina Russell took the bike in the morning and returned it to him at night, he added.  
Bhagina Russell and Chakki Russell are convicted criminals and drug addicts, the police official said, adding that they had recorded Rubel as a 'cold-blooded killer'.  
"We have arrested the real criminals and by this time collected relevant evidences and information of their crimes," Asaduzzaman Miah claimed.
 "The 'boro bhai' ordered them to conduct the killing and we have got information about that person," he said.
"Once the so-called big brother is arrested, we will be able to nab the persons behind the killing," he said, adding that they were trying hard to recover the firearms used in the crime.
"Police have not found any link to militancy and Islamic State (IS) in the murder," Miah said in response to queries from reporters.
The IS issue has been brought up to hide the real criminals, he claimed.
Tavella, a project manager of a Netherlands-based NGO, was gunned down in the high-security diplomatic zone in Gulshan on September 28. Two men actively took part in the killing, while a third waited on a bike ready to flee, witnesses said.
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