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Suspected killers of SP's wife remanded, IO replaced
Staff Correspondent
Published :Monday, 13 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 30
CHITTAGONG, June 12: The Chittagong Metro-politan Magistrate Court today granted 7 days remand to each of the two arrested suspect killers of Mahmuda Akhtar Mitu, wife of SP Babul Akhtar.
CMM Harunur Rashid delivered the order this afternoon.
The remanded accused are Abu Nasr Gunnu, 45, and Shah Jaman Robin, 22.
The police sought 10 days remand for interrogation of both the accused.
But the court granted 7 days each.
The Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police arrested Abu Nasr Gunnu from Hathazari on June 7 last. Gunnu is the General Secretary of Musabia Darbar Sharif Managing Committee.
A section of Darbar Sharif followers in a press conference protested against the arrest of Gunnu. They alleged that their rival group played a role in the arrest of Gunnu.
Shah Jaman Robin was arrested from Shital Jharna Residential area under Bayezid Bostami Police Station  on June 11. Police suspected that Robin might be the mastermind of Mitu murder.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Md Kamruzzaman will now head the investigation instead of Inspector Kazi Rakib Uddin.
Mitu was killed in the southern port city of Chittagong last Sunday while on her way to drop her 6-year-old son to a school bus stop.
Her husband, Babul Akhter, had recently conducted several successful anti-militant raids in the coastal district.
Babul Akhtar filed a case in connection with the murder of his wife with Panchlaish thana on June 6 last.
A CCTV camera caught three persons fleeing on a motorcycle after stabbing and shooting her in a chillingly similar fashion followed in previous attacks carried out by suspected Islamic militants.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the port city today.
He addressed a gathering of eminent citizens and elite of the city at Dampara Police Lines Shooting Club auditorium this afternoon.
In his speech the IGP empathetically said that mental strength of law enforcing agencies would never be dampened by the killing of Superintendent of Police (SP) Babul Akhter's wife.  He said a total of 15 police personnel have been killed from 2013 to 2015 in arson attacks and terrorism in the name of movement by BNP and its allies and by this sort of heinous act mental strength of police cannot be weakened for a single moment.
The IGP said the mourning of the murder of the wife of Babul Akhter who is an icon, symbol of courage, competence, honesty and a crusader against militancy must be turned into great strength and added that from now on power and vigour of police would be doubled.  
Terming the present government as a non-communal secular one, the IGP observed that the recent secret killings of Hindu, Buddhist and Christian priests and devotees are part of an international conspiracy.  "The assassination began in the county on minority people soon after the BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury's secret meeting with Mossad leader Mendi N Safadi in foreign countries," Shahidul added.  
Shahidul Hoque also made a clarion call for sincere cooperation and support to the present government's combat against militancy and fundamentalism.
Presided over by Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Iqbal Bahar, the meeting was addressed, among others, by city Mayor AZM Nasir Uddin, former Mayor and President of Chittagong City Awami League ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Chairman of Chittagong Development Authority MA Salam, Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong Ruhul Amin, DIG Sahfiqul Islam, Panel Mayor Jubaida Nargis Khan, first Vice President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Chittagong Press Club President Kolim Sarwar.
Meanwhile, the CMP in presence of IGP Shahidul Hoque today formed five committees to probe into the killing of Mahmuda Akhtar Mitu.
The committees are, drive to arrest the criminal headed by Nazmul Alam, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Detective Branch, interrogation committee headed by Humayun Kabir, Additional Deputy Commissioner (South) of Detective Branch, review of case dockets committee headed by Shah M Abdur Rauf Additional Deputy Commissioner (South) of CMP, Video Footage procurement committee headed by Jahangir Alam, Assistant Commissioner (ICT) of DB, and intelligence report collection committee headed by Kazi Muttaki Ibne Minan, Additional Deputy Commissioner of CMP.
Each committee will induct five to nine members from the law enforcing agency to carry out its responsibilities.

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