Following a High Court order, police have finally recorded the case against a minister's son and others over the killing of Jubo League leader Sajjad Alam Sheikh Azad.
The case was accepted on Friday night, a month after Azad's family lodged it with Mymensingh Kotwali Police Station.
Azad, 35, a member of the town convening committee of the AL youth wing, was shot and hacked to death in Akua area on July 31.
His family filed the case against 25 named and 10 unnamed people on August 2.
Mohit-ur-Rahman Shanto, son of Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman, is the prime accused. Shanto is also secretary of the ruling party's Mymensingh city unit.
Mahmudul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police, said they initially did not record the case as they were verifying the allegations.
Later, Azad's wife filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives on the matter, which came on Thursday.
“We recorded the case after the order reached the police station,” said Monsur Ahmed, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Kotwali Police Station.
Azad's wife Dilruba Akhter alleged that Shanto was behind the murder. She said there was a longstanding dispute between the two as Azad would not carry out Shanto's instructions.
Around two months ago, Azad left Shanto's group, which infuriated him, she alleged.
He also threatened Azad with dire consequences, she claimed.
“It was Shanto. Those loyal to him killed my husband,” she said.
Shanto refuted the allegation saying, “Why didn't they file a general diary if I had threatened Azad?
“They are also alleging that I threatened him over the phone. Police can identify the caller using mobile tracking system.”
He alleged that some vested quarters were trying to tarnish his image.
“Azad might have been killed over internal conflict in his group,” he claimed.
He also demanded proper investigations into the allegations to bring the real killers to book.
Though Azad was loyal to Shanto, he left the group about two months ago and joined another faction, led by AL district unit Secretary Moazzem Hossain Babul and Mymensingh municipality Mayor Ekramul Haque Titu, party insiders said.
Babul and Titu said Azad was loyal to them and demanded a proper investigation into the killing.
Over the years, the two groups had been involved in numerous clashes, locals said.