An imam of a mosque in Narayanganj -- whose decapitated body was found inside his room last week -- was murdered by a friend over repayment of a loan, police said yesterday.
Police on Wednesday arrested Wahiduzzaman, an imam at a mosque of Shibchar area in Madaripur, from Shibchar on charges of killing Didarul Islam, imam of Mollikerpara Jam-e Mosque under Sonargaon upazila.
SI Abul Kalam Azad of Sonargaon Police Station conducted a drive in Madaripur area after finding Wahiduzzaman’s connection with the murder, and arrested him, said Harun-ur Rashid, superintendent of police (SP) in Narayanganj at a press conference at his office on Wednesday.
Wahiduzzaman has since given a confessional statement to the SP saying he killed Didarul, he added.
Police sources said Wahiduzzaman had taken a loan from Didarul, and was being pressured to pay it back.
On the night of August 21, Wahiduzzaman went to Didarul Islam’s mosque, bringing two bottles of soft drinks, one of which was spiked with sedatives.
After Didarul fell unconscious drinking the beverage, Wahiduzzaman slit his throat, and fled the scene after throwing his blood-stained lungi and two soft drink bottles in a ditch by the side of the mosque.
Later, based on the confession, the blood-stained lungi and bottles were recovered as evidence.