Sylhet SP says suspended SI Akbar detained by police with help of locals

Sylhet district police have said that a team of plainclothes police detained suspended SI Akbar Hossain Bhuiyan, prime suspect in the custodial killing of Rayhan in Sylhet, with the help of local people while he was fleeing to India.

Mohammad Farid Uddin, superintendent of Sylhet police said this at a press conference at his office this evening, reports our Sylhet correspondent.

The SP said “police have been trying to arrest Akbar for the last 26 days. They had secret information from a reliable source last night that Akbar would try to flee to India through the Kanaighat border today. So, surveillance in the border area was intensified under the supervision of officers-in- charge of Kanaighat and Zakiganj police stations and they detained Akbar.”

Responding to a query about Akbar’s remarks in a video, which spread on social media, SP Farid Uddin said, “We are not able to say whether anyone made such a video before his arrest. However, the district police did not make any video…Some loyal friends have helped us arrest Akbar.”

When asked whether police took help from Indian Khasi people to arrest Akbar, the SP however did not make any comment.

“He has been detained under the direct supervision of Sylhet district police,” the police official said.

Suspended SI Akbar was detained in border area of Lakshmiprashad at Kanaighat upazila in Sylhet this morning.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), the investigation authority of the case, said Akbar was held by locals of a Khasi village in India and was later handed over to Bangladesh Police.

In several videos posted on Facebook, it is seen that Akbar was detained and tied up by Khasi people where several Bangla speaking individuals were also present.

Akbar was seen pleading locals not to beat him or tie him up. He also claimed that he did not kill Rayhan.

Read More: Rayhan’s death ‘in custody’: Suspended SI Akbar held from border area


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