Eluding of cops by Tapan at Baradi still a mystery | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 21, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 21, 2008

Eluding of cops by Tapan at Baradi still a mystery

It still remains a mystery how founder of outlawed Janajuddha Abdur Rashid Malitha alias Dada Tapan managed to hide himself at Baradi for the last six months without the knowledge of the law enforcers.
Tapan, along with a female accomplice, was killed in a 'shootout' with Rab at a house at Baradi on Wednesday.
Sources said Tapan reached an understanding with leaders of rival outfits to stay in the guise of a 'businessman' at Baradi in Kushtia where many of his rival groups are still active.
BNP cadre Sanju, also a listed criminal, and Joynal of Udibari area, who are on the run, helped Tapan hide at Baradi, sources said.
Tapan with the help of the two bought a tin-shed house at Baradi from a bank official residing in Dhaka and a piece of land from Shah Alam in Udibari for Tk 3.50 lakh and Tk 2 lakh respectively between June and August in 2006 in the name of a fake Hafizur Rahman, son of Ebadat Malitha in Jhenidah.
He renovated the house at Baradi and built a 12-feet high boundary wall around it. He also built another house at Udibari, where his younger brother Akash, a top cadre of the banned outfit, had been hiding in the guise of a pigeon trader since September last year.
Tapan, along with his close aide Rikta Khatun, started residing at the house in Baradi from December last year.
Some of his neighbours said Tapan, who was known to them as Hafiz, often talked to them during his stay at Baradi. They said they had never suspected that he could be one of the most notorious outlaws in the region.
Sources said both Tapan and Rikta got their names registered in the latest voter list as Jahangir Alam and Sabina Khatun but did not get photographed for voter ID cards.
Rab sources said the law enforcement agencies tracked down several suspicious phone calls in Kushtia to find out Tapan's whereabouts and traced the mobile phone number of Tapan's close aide Rikta.
The law enforcers kept a close eye on movements of Rikta who often went to her father's house at Beparipara in Jhenidah from Kushtia. But they could not be sure that Tapan was hiding in the house at Baradi.
However, following information extracted from Tapan's brother Akash, held by law enforcers at Udibari on Wednesday, Rab cordoned off the house in Baradi at about 1:30am the same day.
Both Tapan and Rikta were killed in a shootout with the law enforcers.
Meanwhile, Kushtia Judicial Magistrate's Court sent Tapan's brother Akash to jail after police produced him before it on Thursday evening.
Police prayed for his ten-day remand for interrogation. The court fixed Sunday for hearing on the remand.
Earlier, Deputy Assistant Director of Rab-12 Abul Kasem filed two cases against Akash with Kushtia Police Station on June 18. One was filed against him on charges of anti-state activities and possessing illegal arms and ammunition, while the other was filed under the Anti-terrorism Act- 2008.

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