Jubo League leader Jahid Siddique Tarek staged a surgery apparently to have an alibi that he had been admitted in a hospital at the time of the murder of his party colleague Riazul Haque Khan Milky around 1:00am Tuesday.
Two eight-inch bandages covered minor cuts on the skin on his back, said doctors and others at the Dhaka Medical College morgue.
“It was a fake surgery,” said one doctor, seeking anonymity, suspecting that it was aimed to show that Tarek had been bullet-hit on Tuesday.
His body bears seven bullet injury marks he suffered in the “shootout” Wednesday, morgue sources added.
However, more than one Rab official earlier told The Daily Star they had come to know that Tarek had accidentally been shot and injured by his accomplice during the Milky murder.
Ayesha Zaman, managing director of Fortune Hospital at Jasim Uddin Road in Uttara, said as per the record Tarek arrived at their hospital with a team of doctors, including his cousin Pappu, around 2:00am on Tuesday. She was not in the hospital at the time.
In the morning, she came to the hospital and learnt that the Rab had picked up three doctors and a patient.
The arrested were Kawser, Rana, Riaz and Tarek.
Ayesha said she heard that the doctors had carried out an operation and recovered a bullet from Tarek's back. However, she did not show any file or hospital record of the surgery.
“Dr Pappu's relatives are orthopaedic surgeons at this hospital. Tarek came to the hospital with Pappu, Kawser and Rana. Riaz was the duty doctor at that time and Kawser performed a surgery here two years ago,” she added.
Following the Milky murder, which was captured on CCTV at Shoppers World in Gulshan, Rab arrested the doctors from Fortune Hospital for operating on a patient with bullet injuries without informing the police.
Tarek, the prime suspect in the murder, was killed in a “shootout between his associates and Rab personnel” on Wednesday night hours after the Rab had applied to the home ministry for transferring the case to it from the police.
Pappu is still absconding.
THE MAN IN WHITE
Several Jubo League leaders and workers claim that in the CCTV footage of the murder scene, the person in white punjabi, pyjama and cap was Shakhawat Hossain Chanchal, organising secretary of Dhaka city (north) unit Jubo League, and the man in jeans and sneakers shooting at Milky was Tarek.
They say intra-party conflict in the pro-Awami League youth organisation to gain control over tender businesses and extortions led to the planning of the killing.
Milky and Tarek, both born and brought up in Motijheel's AGB Colony, were very close. Milky was Tarek's mentor in Jubo League and underworld politics.
A year ago, distance grew between the two over negotiations relating to money from tenders in the Motijheel area, sources said.
Chanchal, who was also Milky's friend, mediated the dispute. He maintained good relations with both men, they added. However, a few days ahead of Milky's murder, a dispute rose among the three over negotiation money of another tender.
Sources said the trio were supposed to sit at Shoppers World at Chanchal's invitation and come to an agreement, as in the past.
Reaching the spot before Milky early Tuesday, Tarek planned the murder with Chanchal, instead of settling the dispute, added the sources.