Law enforcers today seized a microbus and detained at least 10 people raiding the house of local Awami League leader Nur Hossain, main accused in the abduction and killing of Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam.
Hossain, councillor of ward-4 and also vice-president of Siddhirganj thana AL unit, could not be arrested till filing of this report at 3:00pm when the raid was still continuing at the AL leader's Siddhirganj in the city, our correspondent reports.
Md Zakaria, additional Superintendent of Police in Narayanganj, confirmed The Daily Star that at least 10 people have been detained from the house.
He however did not mention names and identities of the detainees.
A microbus has also been seized from Hossain’s residence at Tekpara in Siddhirganj as primary evidence, Narayanganj SP said at a press briefing organised at his office to inform reporters about the drive.
Forensic experts from Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have been called to further examination of the vehicle, the SP added.
A joint team of police and Armed Police Battalion started the drive at Hossain’s house around 11:00am.
After the abduction of Nazrul, his wife Selina Islam on Monday filed an abduction case against Hossain, Siddhirganj Thana AL general secretary Hazi Yasin and four others.
The bodies of Nazrul Islam, senior lawyer Chandan Sarkar and five others were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river on Wednesday and Thursday, after seven people, including Nazrul, were kidnapped in broad daylight in Narayanganj on Sunday.
Nur Mohammad, a nephew of Hossain, informed our reporters today that Hossain’s family members went into hiding since the case was filed against the AL leader.
Meanwhile, police recovered the mobile phone of Chandan from Dhaka, the SP told the reporters.
Earlier in the day, Narayanganj District Lawyers' Association formed a human chain and held a brief rally in front of the Narayanganj Press Club in support of their tomorrow’s hartal called to protest against the killings of seven people including Chandan Sarkar and Nazrul Islam.
They also demanded arrest and death penalty to the perpetrators who were involved in the abductions and killings of seven people.