18 detained over Bangladesh’s lawmaker killing
January 1st, 2017 at 10:43 pm
18 detained over Bangladesh’s lawmaker killing

Dhaka – Investigators have rounded up 18 persons in suspicion of killing of a ruling party lawmaker in northern Bangladeshi district of Gaibandha, a senior minister said on Sunday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the police arrested 18 suspects. They will capture the attackers soon, the minister told reporters Sunday, a day after Manzurul Islam Liton, a ruling Awami League party lawmaker from Gaibandha-1 parliamentary constituency, was shot dead by unknown assailants.

The minister termed the attack as a new dimension in the act of terrorism. But he does not think that the country’s overall law and order situation has been deteriorated.

He said intelligence officials and police are working to find out the killers of the Awami League lawmaker.

Meanwhile, a murder case was filed with Sundarganj Police Station against four to five unnamed persons in connection with the murder of Liton.

Tahmida Akhter Kakoli, the younger sister of the deceased, lodged the case, officer Atiur Rahman said.

Activists of the Awami League party protested the killing in the northern district. They enforced a day-long strike in the district demanding for immediate arrest of the killers.

Police could not determine the reason behind the killing. But the ruling party finger at the fundamentalist group for perpetrating the murder.

The party’s general secretary said the radical groups are behind the killing of the lawmaker.