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Vol. 4 Num 94 Fri. August 29, 2003  
   
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Red alert in Khulna to nab Imam killers


A red alert was sounded in some southwestern districts and police raided criminals' hideouts in Bagerhat and Khulna to arrest the killers of Awami League (AL) leader Monzurul Imam.

Police in Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jessore, Jhenidah, Gopalganj and some adjoining districts were put on red alert and the paramilitaries of the Bangladesh Rifles were asked to keep watch on the movement of suspects in the border districts. Intelligence surveillance has also been intensified, a senior police official said.

The move is aimed at preventing the killers from crossing the border, he said.

Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Commissioner Bazlur Rahman said: "None will be spared. We have uncovered many important clues and will come up with the full probe report soon."

Different teams of police yesterday raided several hideouts in Ramphal upazila in Bagerhat district and Khulna city and its environs.

But police could not arrest any suspect on the day.

BSS adds: KMP Commissioner Bazlur said a six-member team with two Detective Branch (DB) inspectors was formed to interrogate the members of the Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) who were arrested with arms and ammunition.

The team is grilling the suspects, he added.

Officer-in-Charge of Khulna Police Station Shibli Noman hoped that the investigators would make a quick breakthrough in the case.

He said police came to know the names of the operatives of PBCP who killed Monzurul from its boss Shukur Ghazi.

Ghazi was arrested on Monday night from a Tootpara house in Khulna city and some police officers said he confessed that the operatives of his outfit killed Monzurul as hit men hired by an influential AL leader.

Quoting Ghazi's confession, the OC said outlaws Ganesh and Imam shot the senior AL leader point blank. Three revolver bullets were extracted from his body during autopsy.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Ali Abrar Shimul, nephew of Bangladesh Cricket Board President Ali Asgar Lobi, MP, filed a case on Wednesday night with the Khulna Police Station accusing some Awami League and its front organisation leaders of damaging the residence of his uncle in the wake of the killing on Monday morning.

The case for damaging Lobi's Mirzapur residence was recorded under section 4 of the Speedy Trial Act, accusing Central Jubo League leader Shahid Iqbal Bithar, President of Ward 23 unit of Khulna AL Biren Ghose, Jubo League leader Shahin and some others.

Besides, the chief executive officer of Khulna City Corporation also filed a case with the same police station on Wednesday night for torching motorcycles and smashing windowpanes.

Similar cases were also filed against AL, Jubo League and BCL leaders with the Khalishpur and Daulatpur police stations on the day.