Three held over Ja­panese farmer’s mur­der in B’desh

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

DHAKA: Bangladesh se­cu­rity forces yes­ter­day ar­rested three sus­pects wanted over the mur­der of a Ja­panese farmer who was shot dead last month in an at­tack claimed by the Is­lamic State group. The Rapid Ac­tion Bat­tal­ion (RAB) said the three youths had been de­tained early yes­ter­day in a hide­out 210 km from Rang­pur, where 66-year-old Hoshi Ku­nio was gunned down in a ick­shaw last month. Af­ter ar­rest­ing them for an un­re­lated firearms of­fence, of­fi­cers be­came sus­pi­cious and in­ter­ro­gated the men over Ku­nio’s mur­der, lead­ing them to ad­mit to their “in­volve­ment” in the killing, a spokesman for the elite unit told AFP.

“We have con­firmed th­ese men are wanted as fugi­tive crim­i­nals from Rang­pur,” said se­nior RAB com­man­der Mobassh­wer Rahim. “Their ap­pear­ances also match the de­scrip­tion of the un­known as­sailants who shot Hoshi Ku­nio dead.” The sus­pects, named as Ra­jib Hos­sain, Kala Rubel and Ka­jal Chan­dra Bar­man, were found in the hide­out armed with ma­chetes and hand­guns, the force said.

The of­fi­cers were ini­tially act­ing on a tip-off about known crim­i­nals car­ry­ing il­le­gal weapons. “Dur­ing pri­mary ques­tion­ing they’ve ad­mit­ted they were in­volved with the killing and since then they be­came fugi­tives,” Rahim said. The po­lice de­tec­tive lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ku­nio’s mur­der con­firmed the ar­rests and said he ex­pected the sus­pects to be handed over for ques­tion­ing. “We’ve heard of the ar­rests made in Cha­pai Nawab­ganj. Once they are trans­ferred to Rang­pur we will be able to pro­vide more de­tails on them,” Jahidul Is­lam told AFP. The ar­rests take the to­tal num­ber in cus­tody to five, af­ter po­lice last month de­tained an op­po­si­tion party ac­tivist and a businessman in con­nec­tion with the mur­der on a dirt track on the out­skirts of the north­ern city. — AFP

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