Dhaka – Seven people, including an opposition politician, were charged for the last year’s killing an Italian aid worker in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said on Tuesday.
Investigation officer Golam Rabbani on Tuesday submitted the report formally to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s court seeking trial into the murder of Tavella Cesare, in which Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general was among the seven accused.
The court will not fix a date for hearing whether to being the trial, the investigator said.
Tavella Cesare, 50, was shot dead by unidentified assailants came on a motorbike on September 28, 2015 in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone of Gulshan.
He was employed by the Netherlands-based non-governmental organization ICCO in Bangladesh.
Masudur Rahman, a police spokesman said that the investigators found the BNP leader, Quayum, who remained absconding, as planner of the murder.
The six others – Abdul Matin, Tamjid Hossain alias Rubel, Rasel Chowdhury, Minhazul Arefin alias Rasel and Shakhawat Hossain – are behind the bar.
Islamic State terrorists had claimed responsibility of the shooting of the Italian man, but Bangladeshi government trashed the claims saying it was perpetrated by local hooligans hired by an opposition party.
“It was a plan to create anarchy in the country and make the government friendless. No militants killed him. The perpetrators are the professional killers,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh witnessed a wave of attacks by machete-wielding assailants since early 2013 killing at least 40 people including bloggers, writers, academics, gay rights activists, publisher and people from minority faiths.
Islamic State and an al-Qaeda affiliate claimed the credit of most of those attacks.
The government, in every occasion, refuted those claims saying the home-grown militants carried out the attacks and used names of the international terrorist outfits.
The investigation officer said four among the accused have confessed that they committed the cirme.
Ruling Awami League party had accusing opposition BNP for murdering Tavella claimed to demean the Bangladesh’s reputation BNP carrying the assassinations.
However, the BNP said that the government had been trying to thwart opposition vice by implicating its leaders in false cases.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, ‘After Cesare murder the government filed the case accusing BNP to conceal the real murderer. And, now, it pressed charges against the BNP members.