Fayzul Hasan alias Shafiqur, prime suspect behind the knife attack on popular writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, was taken on a 10-day remand on Thursday for interrogation in police custody.
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, meanwhile, captured Fayzul’s brother Enamul Hasan from Gazipur on Thursday.
CTTC deputy commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan said they seized Fayzul’s notepad and a mobile phone set from Enamul’s possession.
Jalalabad police took out Fayzul from Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment, around 1:15pm amid strict security and produced him in Sylhet metropolitan magistrate court seeking his 10-day remand, the police said.
The metropolitan third court magistrate Haridas Thakur granted the remand after holding a hearing, Sylhet Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Amulya Kumar Chowdhury confirmed New Age.
Additional public prosecutor AFM Ruhul Anam Chowdhury said that no lawyer had appeared to defend Fayzul during the hearing.
Zafar Iqbal, also computer science and engineer professor at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, was stabbed on Saturday evening when he was inspecting projects on display at a robotic competition on SUST campus as part of a two-day festival of electrical and electronics engineering students.
The university students caught the 24-year-old attacker Fayzul immediately after the incident and handed him over to the police.
Zafar Iqbal was rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, from where he was later flown to Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka. On Wednesday, he was shifted to cabin from intensive care unit.
Fayzul was an employee of a computer shop at Jallarpar in Sylhet city and had been living with his parents at Sheikhpara near Kumargaon Bus Terminal in the city.
The law-enforcers arrested his maternal uncle Fayzur Rahman from their Sheikhpara house and his paternal uncle Abdul Kahar Lulai from their ancestral home of Kaliakapan village of Jagdal union under Derai in Sunamganj early Sunday to interrogate them.
His father Hafiz Atiqur Rahman, a teacher of a women’s madrassah near Sheikhpara, and mother Minara Begum were also detained Sunday night after they surrendered to Jalalabad police station.
A joint team of law-enforcers also picked up SUST security guard Khalequzzaman from the campus and mechanical shop owner Zahidul Islam from his shop adjacent to the campus on Tuesday for interrogation.
On Sunday morning, SUST registrar Ishfaqul Hossain filed a case with Jalalabad police against Fayzul and four unidentified people for stabbing Zafar Iqbal.
Investigation officer of the case Shafiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Jalalabad police, told New Age Thursday afternoon that the investigation was going on and none of the detained was released so far. ‘They are still in police custody for interrogation,’ he said.
Talking to journalists, SMP commissioner Golam Kibria said Wednesday night that they believed there was someone else with Fayzul when he launched the attack.
‘But, Fayzul is claiming he alone had launched the attack on professor Zafar,’ the SMP commissioner said.
Teachers and students of the SUST continued their demonstrations on the campus on Thursday to press for immediate arrest of masterminds behind the attack and exemplary punishment for them through speedy trial.
The campus unit of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote arranged a film screening at Muktamancha in the evening as a part of their four-day cultural shows in protest at the attack.