Arrested former Rab officials Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad and Major Arif Hossain were involved in the seven-murder in Narayanganj, Sub-Inspector Ashraf of court police told a Narayanganj court yesterday.
Police produced the two before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam on completion of their 13-day remand in two phases and sought seven-day fresh remand for each of them in the murder case filed by Selina Yasmin, wife of deceased Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam.
The court granted five-day fresh remand for each, reports our Narayanganj correspondent.
Three Rab officials were fired on May 6 for their alleged involvement in the abduction and killing of seven people late last month. The other ex-Rab member is Lt Commander SM Masud Rana. The three were held later.
Arguing in favour of the remand prayer, Shakhawat Hossain Khan, president of Narayanganj Lawyers' Association, told the court that the two Rab officials have admitted their involvement in the seven-murder and disclosed important information in this regard. The two should be remanded further for verifying the information.
Citing the report submitted to the court by the investing officer of the case Mamunur Rashid Mandal, OC of the district Detective Branch of police, Shakhawat said the prime accused in the case Nur Hossain was a very close acquaintance of the three arrested ex-officials of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab). Nur kidnapped the seven and later had them killed by the Rab, he added.
Speaking in the court on behalf of himself and Arif, accused Tareque denied their involvement in the murder of seven.
The lawyers' association refused to represent any of the accused in the case as senior lawyer Chandan Sarkar was one of the victims.