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Another war crimes suspect arrested

Another war crimes suspect arrested

Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi

Another war crimes suspect was arrested early yesterday by police from Rajshahi city in connection with 'Shankharikathi Bazar' massacre in Bagerhat's Kachua upazila during the Liberation War.
Akram Hossain Khan, 60, of Morelganj upazila in Bagerhat, went into hiding after an arrest order was issued against him by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on June 10, police said.
Khan Mohammad Erfan, officer-in-charge of Rajpara Police Station in Rajshahi, said police and detectives acting on a tip-off jointly raided Bhugril area and nabbed Akram from his relative's house around 2:00am.
Morelganj and Rajpara police, and Detective Branch (DB) of police took part in the drive, the police official said.
Akram was sent to Dhaka at noon.  
In 2009, a war crimes victim and freedom fighter Nimai Chandra Das of Raghuduttakathi village filed a case against 20-30 people, including Akram and Abdul Latif Talukder, with a Bagerhat court after the government initiated the war crimes trial process.
The case was later shifted to the ICT-1 and the agency started its investigation on May 21, 2013.
On June 11, police arrested Abdul Latif.
The investigation officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Helal Uddin, said, in primary investigation, Akram was found involved in killing 42 people at 'Shankharikathi Bazar' and looting, torching shops on May 5, 1971.  
Apart from that, there is an allegation against him of forcefully converting 200 Hindus, he said.
The tribunal passed the arrest order as the prosecution prayed for his arrest.



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