Kolkata police late last night arrested Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the seven-murder in Narayanganj, reported several Bangladeshi TV channels.
They also arrested two of his aides, Shamim and Rafiq.
A team of anti-terror squad, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Anish Sarker of Bidhannagar, arrested Nur Hossain at a flat in Koikhali near Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata-based journalist Subroto Acharjee, who works for Somoy TV, told The Daily Star.
Law enforcers also recovered a firearm, several mobile SIM cards, and a laptop during the raid, Subroto said quoting a police official.
The trio have been kept at Baguihati Police Station in Kolkata. They are likely to be produced before a court today.
Kolkata police could hold a press conference in this regard today.
Contacted in the wee hours today, Mamunur Rashid Mandal, investigation officer of the seven-murder, said they had heard about the arrests in Kolkata. “But we are yet to get official information from Kolkata police,” he added.
Narayanganj Awami League leader Nur Hossain allegedly fled the country around two days after the abduction and gruesome killing of the seven people on April 27.
On April 27, the seven people, including Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam and senior lawyer Chandan Sarkar, were kidnapped from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road.
Three days later, six bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya. The other body was recovered from the river the following day.
Family members of Nazrul had claimed that Nur masterminded the abduction and killing.