Two people including a woman, who visited imam of Supreme Court Jame Masjid Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi hours before he was found dead with his throat slit at his house in Dhaka, were detained in Narayanganj this morning.
A team from Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in the capital captured the woman, named Mahmuda Khatun, 50, from Rupganj upazila, said Abdul Momin, officer-in-charge of the police station.
Another detainee Shariful Islam was held from Murapara in the same upazila, our correspondent reports quoting the OC.
Police were looking for the woman after the family members informed that a lady introducing her as Asma visited Faruqi’s East Rajabazar house in Dhaka just four hours before he was murdered on Wednesday night, OC Momin said.
The woman wanted to stay there at night but failing to get permission, she left the house in the evening, victim's son Faisal Faruqi told police quoting his mother.
The team is conducting raids at different parts of the capital to nab the culprits.
About 60, Faruqi was the international affairs secretary of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, and a presidium member of Bangladesh Islami Front. He owned a hajj agency, Faruqi Tours and Travels Private Ltd, and presented Islamic programmes on two private television channels.
After the killing, several thousand leaders and activists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Islami Front and its student wing Chhatra Sena burst into protest demanding immediate arrest of the killers.
The leaders said they will enforce a countrywide hartal tomorrow if the killers were not arrested by today.
Police, Rapid Action Battalion and several intelligence agencies are probing the gruesome murder focusing on several issues including personal and religious rivalry, and financial feud over hajj.