Dhaka – Retired army colonel Abdul Kader Khan, also central Jatiyo Party leader, confessed his involvement in lawmaker Manzurul Islam Liton murder in northern Bangladeshi district of Gaibandha, said police on Sunday.
On February 21, Kader, a former lawmaker and also ex-central vice chairman of Jatiyo Party, was detained for his alleged involvement in the murder of ruling Awami League MP Liton.
Liton was killed by unidentified gunmen at his home on December 31.
Kader had planned and financed killing of Liton as part of his political ambition, said Khandker Golam Faruq, deputy inspector general of police in Rangpur Range.
He hired the local hooligans and swashbucklers to kill Liton to retake the Sundarganj constituency and wanted to fulfill his desire to be an MP, he said quoting Kader’s confessional statement.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Joynal Abedin recorded the confessional statement as Kader was placed before the court. The court sent him jail after the completion of the hearing.
Before producing him before the court, Kader was placed for custodial interrogation for ten days.
The investigators are expected to submit the charge-sheet within 15 days, the officer Faruq added.
The arrested Jatiyo party leader collected his nomination form for the Gaibandha-1 by-polls slated for March 22 as the constituency fell vacant following Liton’s death. He was elected lawmaker from the parliamentary seat in the 2008 general elections.
Liton, who was an accused in a case related to shooting of a schoolboy, was shot dead by unknown attackers came riding on a motorbike at his ancestral home and left the scene immediately after the murder on December 31.
Earlier, Liton’s sister Tahmida Akhter Kakoli lodged a case with Sundarganj Police Station against four to five unknown people.