Lalmonirhat Lynching: Police yet to track down key suspect

Nine days into the brutal murder of Shahidunnabi Jewel in Burimari village of the district’s Patgram upazila, police are yet to arrest Abul Hossain who allegedly first spread the rumour about desecrating the Holy Quran by the victim.

Yesterday, police arrested two more people, accused in the Jewel murder case, from the same village.

With them, the total number of arrestees in connection with the murder now stands at 23.

Meanwhile, a Lalmonirhat court yesterday placed four other arrestees on three-day remand each after the Detective Brach of police produced them before it seeking five-day remand for each.

Abul Hossain, owner of a decorator and cosmetics shop at Burimari Bazar, was active in Awami League politics 10 years ago. Later, he became involved in the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami, said villagers.

The 44-year-old went into hiding after the murder of Jewel on October 29. His cellphone is switched off now.

Police said probes by the National Human Rights Commission, the Lalmonirhat district administration, intelligence agencies and investigating officers found that Abul spread the rumour that led to the brutal killing.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Abul’s wife Jharna Begum yesterday said her husband parted ways with the AL about 10 years ago.

“I don’t know where my husband is staying now. He has many relatives in India. We could not contact him since the day after the murder incident,” she added.

Jharna said she was not sure whether her husband was guilty of killing Jewel. “My husband is a pious man.”

Of the 23 arrested so far, nine are now on remand and the rest behind bars.


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