Dhaka – Retired army colonel Abdul Kader Khan, also central Jatiyo Party leader, was a mastermind in lawmaker Manzurul Islam Liton murder in northern Bangladeshi district of Gaibandha, said police on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Kader, a former lawmaker and also central vice chairman of Jatiya Party, was detained for his alleged involvement in the murder of ruling Awami League MP Manzurul Islam Liton who was killed by unidentified assailants at his home on December 31.
The arrest came within a day after Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque said the killers of ruling Awami League lawmaker Liton were identified.
Kader had been planning for a year to kill Liton, a lawmaker from a Gaibandha parliamentary constituency, Divisional Inspector General of police in Rangpur Range Golam Faruk Khandaker said told the reporters.
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 as the lawmaker from the parliamentary seat in the 2008 general elections.
Some unidentified assailants attacked the car of Liton’s sister Afroza Bari with brickbats on Tuesday when she was returning after attending a local programme on occasion of the International Mother Language day.
Liton, who was an accused in a case related to shooting of a schoolboy, was shot dead by unknown attackers, who 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 the case with Sundarganj Police Station against four to five unknown people.