He was JMB operative
Police primarily identified the man killed in Sunday's "gunfight" with police in Rajshahi's Bagmara as fugitive JMB member Anwar Hossain alias Nayeem, 34, of Manda in Naogaon.
Anwar's mother Suruzzan Bewa and his daughter Asma identified Anwar when policemen showed them the photograph of his body at their house in Uttar Paroil Hajipara village in Manda on Tuesday, said Shamim Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bagmara Police Station, quoting Mozaffar Hossain, OC of Manda Police Station.
Anwar was a wanted JMB member. He remained absconding for last two years, the police official added.
Talking to The Daily Star yesterday, Moazzem Hossain Bhuiyan, superintendent of police in Rajshahi, however, said, “We cannot officially say the deceased is Anwar until someone from his family or locality come to us and confirm it after seeing the body."
On August 7, Anwar was killed in a "gunfight" between police and criminals at a mango orchard in Jhikra Joanbhatpara village of Bagmara.
Police also claimed to have recovered a pistol, three bullets, 13 crude bombs, sharp weapons and some jihadi books from the scene.
Manda police and locals told this correspondent that Anwar has four brothers. They are Yusuf Ali, Ali Haider, Delwar Hossain and Gul Moazzem. All of them are involved with banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Anwar's mother Suruzzan said she knew that her sons were working outside. They sent her money. “I do not know about their links with militants."
Anwar divorced his first wife and married a female JMB member Rima three years ago. Rima was arrested by Bogra police on April 15 in a case filed for Sherpur grenade blast. Two JMB members were killed in the blast, said police.
Rima is now in Bogra jail, they added.
In December last year, Bogra police caught Yusuf and his son Khairul Islam in Bogra Shia mosque bomb attack case. He later gave judicial confession of his involvement in the attack. He and his son are now in Bogra jail, said police.
After the arrest of Yusuf, his three brothers Ali Haider, Delwar and Moazzem and another son Mehedi Hasan went into hiding.
Talking to this correspondent, Yusuf's wife Champa claimed that her husband and son are innocent.
“Police arrested my husband from home and my son from a shop in Naogaon town where he worked. I don't believe that they are involved with JMB," she said.