Dispute over money behind the murder
Awami Swechchhasebak League leader Sheikh Munim Foyez was killed over the distribution of money among clients of the now-defunct Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok), a phantom cooperative.
This was revealed by the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday after detectives rounded up seven people in separate drives in the capital in last three days for their alleged involvement in the murder of the Kalabagan unit president of Swechchhasebak League.
Foyez was found dead near Barsha Cinema on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Bhogra of Gazipur on April 6, a day after he went missing.
His family members identified the body on April 7 at Gazipur Sadar Hospital morgue. Following the recovery of the body, victim's relatives filed a murder case with Kalabagan Police Station accusing unidentified people of the murder. The case was later handed over to the DB.
Detectives also seized a private car and an ambulance used in carrying the corpse from the capital's Rayerbazar to Gazipur, said Krishna Pada Roy, deputy commissioner of the DB, at a press conference at the DMP's media centre in the capital.
The arrestees are Kazi Sirajul Alam alias Kazi Siraj, 62, Shakil Khan, 25, Jahid Hassan Sizan, 22, Nabin Hossain, 23, car driver Farid alias Rafiqul Islam, 35, ambulance driver Mostafa, 33, and his deputy Imran Hossain, 20.
Foyez, Siraj and some others served as mediators to get back clients' money from the Jubok that they had deposited with the cooperative. An obscure woman sought help from them to get back Tk 2 crore from the company, added the DB official.
They developed rivalry after Foyez was made a director of the Jubok. Siraj and the female suspected that Foyez had benefited by depriving clients.
As part of their plan, the female called Foyez to a residence at Rayerbazar. Siraj, Shakil, Jahid and Nabin were present there.
After an altercation there, the group tied up Foyez's hands and legs with rope and covered his mouth with tape. They beat him up and pushed sedatives into his body, leaving him dead, mentioned Krishna Pada Roy quoting the arrestees as saying.
Talking to The Daily Star, DB Assistant Commissioner Mahmuda Afroz Lucky, whose team is probing the case, said the gang hired a car first to dump the body. Driver Farid was told that he would carry a patient. After driving a while, Farid guessed that it was a body of a murder victim.
Sensing danger, Farid scrambled an ambulance for the group at Mohammadpur. Ambulance driver Mostafa forced them to get down with the body near the cinema at Bhogra.
The gang left the body there and fled.