Sunday 4, June 2023

Shahjahanpur double murder: Main accused held

Police said on Sunday that they arrested the prime accused in the killing of an Awami League politician and a female college student in city’s Shahjahanpur from Bogura district.

Arrestee Masum Mohammad Akash, 34, admitted to have shot and killed AL politician Zahidul Islam Tipu, who was in a microbus, and Samia Afrin Priti, a 22-year-old college, who was a rickshaw stuck in a jam on Thursday night, police said.

Tipped off, a team of Khilgaon Zonal team, conducted a drive in the area and arrested Akash, said Faruk Hossain, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. During police interrogation, Akash admitted that he followed Tipu to kill and when the vehicle carrying Tipu reached near Shahjahanpur Rail gate he opened fire on him.

Akash was also wanted in four other criminal cases, said police. Tipu was a former general secretary of AL Motijheel committee and Priti was a student of Begum Badrunnesa Government College, were killed. Tipu’s driver was injured.

The crime occurred in front of Islami Bank Hospital around 10.15pm when Zahidul was returning home in his car and Samia on a cycle rickshaw with her friend, police said. "They were all stuck in a traffic jam in the area when a biker wearing a helmet and a mask appeared from nowhere and fired at them.

The three sustained bullet injuries and were soon rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, where Zahidul and the student died of their injuries hours later.

Later a case has been filed against unidentified people over the double murder on Friday.


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