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Narayanganj 7 murders Rab probe finds involvement of its 21 officers

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7_muderStaff reporter
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in its probe found the involvement of 21 of its officers, including Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowhdury’s son-in-law Lt Col Tareque, Major Arif Hossain and Lt Commander MM Rana, in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam submitted the probe report before the High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore on Wednesday.
According to the Rab report, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said two former officials of Rab Lt Col Tareque and Major Arif Hossain were found fully involved in the seven killings while Lt Commander MM Rana was partially in the incident.
The other Rab personnel found involved in the murders were identified as sub-inspector Purnendu Bala, AB Arif Hossain, Nayek Nazim, Delwar, Lance Nayek Hira Mia, Belal Hossain, soldier Mahiuddin Munshi, Abdul Alim, Alamin, Asad, Tajul, Sepoy Taiyab, constable Shihabuddin, Alamin, havilder Emdad, Nasir, sergeant Enamul and AASI Bazlu.
Receiving the probe report, the High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore set January 15 for the next hearing.
On November 23, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) submitted its complete probe report on the seven murders to the Attorney General’s office for placing it before the High Court.
On April 27, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver, were abducted by miscreants from Fatullah area of Narayanganj. Hours after their abduction, senior lawyer at district Judge’s Court Chandan Kumar Sarker and his driver were also abducted on their way to capital Dhaka.
Three days into their abduction, the bodies of six people, including that of Nazrul and Chandan Kumar, were recovered from the Shitalakhya River on April 30. Besides, the following day, the body of Jahangir, car driver of Nazrul Islam, was recovered from the river.
Later, Shahidul Islam, Nazrul’s father-in-law, claimed that Rab officials killed Nazrul and others in exchange for Tk 6 crore from city councillor Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the murder case, and other accomplices.
The three former officials of Rab-11 in Narayanganj -- Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Major Arif Hossain and Navy’s Lt Commander MM Rana - were sent on forced retirement for their alleged involvement in the incident. They are now in jail.
On June 14, Paschimbanga police arrested Nur Hossain from an apartment in Kolkata.