Dhaka – Police on Wednesday said they captured the suspected killer of publisher Faisal Arefin Deepan, who was hacked to death at his publishing house in Dhaka’s Shahbagh last year, officials said.
Investigators picked up the suspect, Moinul Islam Shamim alias Sifat alias Samir, a member of the banned Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, from central Bangladeshi district of Gazipur.
Police also claimed that the suspect was involved in the killing of Riaz Morshed Babu, a music department student of Shanto-Mariam Univeristy in Dhaka’s Savar neighbourhood in January this year.
Sifat, who was arrested in Cherag Ali market area of Tongi, will now face custodial interrogation, said Masudur Rahman, spokesman of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
Deepan, owner of Jagriti Prokashoni, was hacked at his office at Aziz Super Market to death on October 31, 2005, the day suspected Islamist militants attacked Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and two others inside his office of publishing house ‘Shuddhaswar’ at Dhaka’s Lalmatia.
Tutul survived the attack.
Both Deepan and Tutul published books of secularist writer Avijit Roy, who was also hacked to death by the Islamists on February 26, 2015.