Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) is yet to make much headway in the investigation of freedom fighter Abdur Rashid’s killing in Lalmonirhat town on August 16, 2017.
Before handing over the case to PBI in December last year, Lalmonirhat Sadar police carried out their investigation for 16 months.
Police found the body of Abdur Rashid, from Teesta Ratipur village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, inside Teesta branch of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB). He was a night guard there.
Branch Manager Mohammad Al-Qurani said the criminals killed guard Abdur Rashid, but they could not break open the lockers.
He also expressed dissatisfaction as police could not yet unearth the reason behind the killing or arrest any killer. “Police say they are still investigating the case. But how much more time is needed?”
Demanding exemplary punishment for the killers, Rashid’s widow Mahmuda Bewa said, “My husband was innocent. I want to know why he was killed and who were involved in the killing.”
Their son Masum Miah said, “I believe police already found out the clue and identified the ones who killed my father. But they are not disclosing the findings due to political pressure.”
The investigation officer of the case, Inspector Ariful Islam of PBI in Rangpur, said although the PBI received the case in last December, he hoped to identify the killers of the freedom fighter soon as he already found several positive motives for the killing.
However, he would not elaborate on the development until the investigation is over, said the inspector.