Police yesterday arrested four more suspects on charges of lynching and setting fire to Shahidunnabi Jewel, 50, in Patgram, Lalmonirhat.
They were arrested at different places in the upazila in the morning, said Omar Farooq, officer-in-charge of the Detective Branch in Lalmonirhat.
Twenty-nine people have been arrested so far over the murder and vandalism on October 29, he said.
Yesterday’s arrestees are Hasanuzzaman, 25, Abdur Rahman, 22, Sohel Rana, 20, and Mainul Hossain, 26.
They are residents of Burimari area, where the grisly murder took place.
Mainul Hossain was arrested on charges of murder while the rest were arrested for assaulting policemen, Farooq told The Daily Star.
Of the 29 suspects, 13 have been accused of murder and the rest of vandalism and attack on police.
Main accused Abul Hossain alias Hossain Ali is being interrogated by the police, the officer said.
Meanwhile, Lalmonirhat Deputy Commissioner Abu Jafor gave Tk 20,000 to Jewel’s grieving family to assist the schooling of his two children.
Jewel’s elder brother Abu Yusuf, an associate professor at the Carmichael College, was present when the cheque was handed over in the DC office conference room.
Jewel’s daughter is an HSC examinee and son a sixth grader.
“We have become orphans. We are helpless without our father. We demand exemplary punishment for the killers,” the daughter told reporters.
Abu Yusuf said, “My brother did not demean the Holy Quran. He was brutally lynched because of spreading rumours.”
DC Jafor said Jewel’s family is being taken care of and the murder is being investigated with utmost importance.