A Chattogram court yesterday placed an Awami League leader of Chattogram city unit on two-day remand, in a case filed over killing Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Sudipto Biswas.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Salem Md Noman passed the remand order for Didadrul Alam Masum, acting general secretary of Lalkhan Bazar ward AL, after police produced him before the court.
Masum was arrested from Dhaka by Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Monday night.
Assistant Commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police Kazi Shahbuddin Ahmed said police sought a 10-day remand.
“The court also ordered to examine Masum’s health as his lawyers told the court he is unwell,” Shahabuddin said.
During hearing, Shahabuddin told the court that one of the accused in Sudipto murder case, Md Mizanur Rahman, mentioned Masum’s involvement and gave a confessional statement before the magistrate.
Masum plotted the murder and gave directives to his fellows to execute the plan, he said, adding that Masum had two firearms -- licences of which were recently cancelled by the home ministry.
“Before Sudipto’s murder, the killers fired two rounds of blank shots. Masum should be interrogated to find whether the bullets were fired from his guns,” Shahabuddin told the court.
Chittagong District Bar Association president Iftekhar Saimul Chowdhury, general secretary Ayub Khan and Kazi Salauddin Lavlu represented Masum, and opposed the remand prayer.
Advocate Lavlu told journalists that though Investigation Officer Sontosh Kumar Chakma appealed for the remand, he was not present at the court during the hearing.
Sudipto, 28, was the assistant general secretary of BCL’s Chattogram city unit. He was beaten to death near his house in the city’s South Nalapara on October 6, 2017.
Police suspected an intra-party feud behind the murder and started arresting the suspects. Some friends of Sudipto also blamed the followers of Masum for the murder.
According to police, three accused gave confessional statements before magistrates in the case.
Following a home ministry order on July 31, Masum surrendered two of his licensed firearms at Khulshi Police Station on Saturday, said Pranab Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of the station.