The police could neither ascertain the motive for Monday’s murder of publisher and writer Shahazahan Bachchu in Munshiganj nor arrest any suspect Tuesday evening.
The victim’s wife Afsana Begum filed a case with Sirajdikhan police station against four unnamed people on Tuesday, police officials said.
Shahzahan, 65, also former Munshiganj district Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary, was shot dead at a tea stall at his village Purba Kakaldi under Sirajdikhan upazila Monday evening..
Munshiganj superintendent of police Mohammad Jayedul Alam said that police were trying to find out the motive behind the murder and the killers had exploded handmade grenades while fleeing after committing the murder.
He said that they were collecting video footage from different places for their investigation. ‘We, however, did not get any information whether it was an extremist attack or not.’
People of all walks of lives in Munshiganj staged protests in the district town for immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers.
CPB leaders and rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra alleged that Shahzahan had been getting threats from religious extremists since 2015 for publishing descending opinion.
Senior police officials in Dhaka and Munshiganj visited the spot and talked to the family early Tuesday when the victim’s wife sought justice.
An uneasy calm was prevailing and police forces were deployed in the area.
CPB Munshiganj district president SM Kamal said that Shahzahan was a target of fundamentalists as he was an anti-establishment writer.
Leaders of different political parties, journalists, teachers, cultural activities and common people formed a human chain in front of Munshiganj Press Club at about noon demanding justice for the murder.
CPB and Jatiya Mukti Council in separate statements condemned the killing and said that the murder depicted the scenario of the country’s fast decreasing law and order.
Ain o Salish Kendra in a statement expressed concern and said that Shahzahan might have been killed for his different opinion as he had been getting threats from religious extremists for his activities since
The statement said that the rights organisation thought that the religious extremists were being encouraged as justice was yet to be done in the murder of writers and publishers earlier.
Munshiganj Sadar Hospital resident medical officer Shakhawat Hossain, who conducted the post mortem examination, said that the body had only one mark of bullet injury in the chest.
Shahzahan was the owner of publishing house Bishakha Prokashoni.
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