‘Extremists’ killed in RAB raid not identified: police

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 30,2017 | Updated: 23:56, Nov 29,2017


The police arranged on early hours of Wednesday the burial of the three suspected extremists found dead on Tuesday at a house in remote Madhya Char area under Chapainawabganj Sadar where Rapid Action Battalion members conducted a raid.
Police said that the DNA and other samples were collected for their future identification.
‘We are not sure about their identities and none approached us for the bodies. We arranged their burial in the early hours of the day,’ said the Chapainawabganj police station inspector investigation Atikur Rahman.
RAB on Tuesday said the suspected extremists were members of banned extremist outfit Jamaatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh and they would conduct DNA test to ascertain their identities.
Madhya Char is a char on the River Padma and in the bordering area of Chapainawabganj Sadar and Godagari in Rajshahi.
The RAB-5 deputy commander Major AM Ashraful Islam said they were yet to confirm the identities of the persons but they got their link in connection with another raid in Dhaka in early September.
The district hospital medical officer Nadim Sarkar said initial findings suggested they were killed in blasts. He evaded answering the question whether the bodies bore any bullet injuries.
The elite force had detained the house owner, Rashidul Islam, his wife Nazma and father-in-law Khorshed Alam from Sabdipur at Godagari in Rajshahi for interrogation.
Local people said Rashidul Islam, who had been suffering from cancer, did not stay in the house for long.
Rashidul used to live in his in-law’s residence at village Sahabdipur under Godagari upazila in Rajshahi, they said.
Alatuli union parishad chairman Kamal Ahmed Khan told reporters that Rashidul of village Alatuli Natunpara made the house in the remote char years back for cattle raring.
The police said no case was filed until 8pm.

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