Detective Branch (DB) of police late on Tuesday arrested three more people for their alleged involvement in the shooting of a central Awami League leader last month.
Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), disclosed this at a press briefing at DMP Media Centre in the capital yesterday.
The arrested are Nur-e-Alam Siddique, 47, a mastermind; Rana Hawlader, 25, driver of the motorbike used in attacking Shameem; and Nazmul Haque Mithu, who hired goons, the detectives claimed.
The AL leader, AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, was shot twice in his left hand on June 19 near Ibn Sina Diagnostic and Imaging Centre, on his way to Stamford University at Dhanmondi in the capital.
Earlier on Tuesday, Rapid Action Battalion detained four suspects including Mohammad Harun and Mehedi Hasan alias Saikat, who were on the motorbike and shot at Shameem, the founder and president of Board of Trustees of the university.
A case filed with Dhanmondi Police Station following the incident was handed over to DB yesterday. When they were produced, a Dhaka court approved a five-day remand for each of the seven arrestees.
Monirul Islam, also spokesperson of DMP, said Siddique, a former trustee of the university, was removed from the post on suspicion of selling fake certificates in exchange fo money.
Siddique blamed Shameem for the removal and planned to make Shameem cripple by shooting at his leg or hand, the spokesperson said quoting the trio.
Contacted, Shameem said, “Siddique was not a trustee. But he used to visit the university occasionally as he had a relation with a trustee. I did not have any altercation with him for what he could attack me.”
As part of their plan, the three criminals tried to shoot Shameem a couple of days before the shooting incident on June 19. But they backtracked from the plan thinking that the bullets might hit Shameem's chest instead of hands or legs, the DMP official claimed.
Acting on a tip-off, Monirul said, DB men arrested Rana in Paltan area of the capital.
According to his statement, they launched a raid in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and New Eskaton areas and arrested Mithu and Siddique respectively, the official said.
The DB men also recovered the motorcycle used in the shooting incident from Rana's native village Indropasha at Rajpur upazila in Jhalakati.
Monirul claimed that Rana had made a deal of TK 6 lakh with Siddique for shooting Shameem.
He bought the motorcycle and hired two pistols with TK 1.08 lakh what Siddique gave him as advance, the DB official said.