July 31, 2016 - 1:10pm
Ehteshamul Haque Bhola had supplied the arms used in killing police superintendent's wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu. Kamrul Sikder alias Musa, the main suspect in the murder, had collected the arms from Bhola and later returned those.
This was mentioned in the charge sheet of the arms case filed with Bakalia Police Station over the murder. Police on Thursday night submitted the charge sheet to a Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, said Sub-inspector Mahim Uddin, investigating officer of the case.
Bhola, 41, and Monir Hossain, 28, a day labourer, were named in the charge sheet as accused. Monir was arrested in possession of the arms.
On June 5, SP Babul Akter's wife Mitu was stabbed and shot dead at GEC intersection in Chittagong while she was walking her son to the school bus stop near their home.
Later, Babul lodged a murder case with the police station accusing three unidentified people.
According to the charge sheet, one of the arrested suspected killers Motaleb Mia alias Wasim confessed to police that their associate Musa had collected the arms from Bhola on the night before the murder. The arms were retuned to Bhola following the killing.
Police arrested Bhola from Rajakhali area in the port city. After gleaning information from him, law enforcers picked up Monir from the same area and recovered a pistol, a revolver and six bullets.
IO Mahim Uddin said the arms were used in the killing.
“Monir said Bhola gave him a bag to keep it in his house. Accordingly, he had kept the bag, which contained the arms, in his house,” added the IO.
Talking to The Daily Star, Officer-in-Charge Muhammad Abul Mansur of Bakalia Police Station said Bhola was accused in several murder and arms cases.
“During interrogation, Bhola confessed that Musa had taken the arms from him. As both of them were sand traders, they had business relations,” said the OC.
On June 26, two suspected killers Wasim and Anwar gave confessional statements to a Chittagong court. According to the statements, Musa hired six people including Wasim and Anwar for committing the murder. The four others are Rashed, Kalu, Shajahan and Nurunnabi. The duo also said Bhola supplied the arms used in the killing.
Of the six, Nurul Islam alias Rashed and Md Nurunnabi were killed in a “gunfight” between criminals and law enforcers in Chittagong on July 5.
Musa and Kalu have been on the run while the others are now behind bars.
Asked about the development in the investigation into the murder case, Assistant Commissioner Md Kamruzzaman of the Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police said they were trying to arrest Musa and Kalu.
Also the IO of the case, Kamruzzaman said they were working hard to submit the charge sheet to the court as early as possible.
“Once Musa is arrested, the remaining work of the investigation would be easy,” he added.
On July 21, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque told the media that they made “enough progress” in the investigation into the murder.
Earlier on July 4, Musa's wife Panna Akter at a press conference at Chittagong Press Club claimed her husband was picked up by plainclothes law enforcers in the morning of June 22 from a relative's house in the city's Bandar area.