Emon says he fled to India after dispute with Babar
Notorious criminal Sanjidul Islam Emon told interrogators that he fled to India in 2004 after he lost the backing of former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar.
Detective Branch (DB) officials are currently interrogating Emon at the office of Criminal Investigation Department.
A dispute broke out between Babar and Emon as the latter refused to execute an order from the then home minister, sources in the DB quoted Emon as saying to the interrogators.
The sources however refused to disclose which particular order from Babar was being referred to by Emon.
Emon and another top criminal Ishaq Ali were deported to Bangladesh from India on March 7.
Meanwhile, Emon's mother Prof Sultana Jahan told The Daily Star over the phone yesterday that she did not have any contact with Emon during the last 10 years.
"The last time I saw Emon was in 1997 when I tried to persuade him to return to normal life. As he did not listen, I did not make any contact with him," said Prof Jahan.
Asked about newspaper reports that quoted her as saying that Babar, Nasiruddin Pintu and Abul Hasnat Abdullah turned her son into a criminal, Prof Jahan said the newspapers ran the reports without talking with her.
She, however, said the newspapers might publish Emon's statements that he has been giving to interrogators under duress.
Emon and Ishaq will be produced before a Dhaka court tomorrow following completion of their eight-day remand.
DB sources said they would file a prayer to the court seeking to take Emon on remand.