Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya today claimed that none of his family members had any role in the abduction and killing of seven people, including Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam.
The minister said in a statement he was deeply saddened by media reports linking his family to the murders which has “defamed me and the members of my family”.
“I believe that definitely the truth will come out through investigation. Like the deceased’s families, I’m also expecting punishment to the culprits.”
“But I would like to state boldly that none of my family had ever been linked or involved in any business dealings, connection or communications with any of the accused in the murder case,” Maya said in the statement, issued two days after his son-in-law, who was commanding officer (CO) of the Rab-11, was sacked by the army.
Three Rab officials – CO of Rab-11 Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana -- have been dismissed from the services for their alleged involvement in the abduction and killing.
On May 4, Nazrul's father-in-law Shahidul Islam alleged that some Rab men had abducted and murdered the Narayanganj city councillor in exchange for Tk 6 crore. He claimed that some workers saw Rab men abduct Nazrul near Shibu Market in Narayanganj on April 27.
Nazrul and his four aides, senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver were abducted almost at the same time after they left the court area by two cars in Narayanganj.
Six bodies, including that of Nazrul and Chandan, were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river three days later, and another was found the following day.
Allegations of involvement in the incident were also raised against Maya’s son Dipu Chowdhury.
On Monday, Nazrul's father-in-law alleged that a son of a powerful minister brokered the deal with some Rab men to kill Nazrul.
The minister's son acted on behalf of Narayanganj ward-4 Councillor Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the Nazrul murder case, he claimed.