Vol. 5 Num 289 Sun. March 20, 2005  

Prof Yunus murder probe stalled after ‘Shibir link' found
Rajshahi Professionals' Coordinating Council to stage demonstrations today

The Rajshahi Professionals' Coordinating Council will stage demonstrations in the in the city and submit memorandum to officials today demanding speedy trial of the murder of Professor Muhammad Yunus of Rajshahi University.

Prof Yunus, president of Bangabandhu Parishad at RU and vice-president of Bangladesh Economics Association, was murdered in the morning of December 24 last year when he was on a morning walk near his house.

Probe into the murder is virtually stopped after police in preliminary investigation detected that the killer was an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), student front of Jamaat-e-Islami, police sources claimed.

Police earlier took into custody an eyewitness to the murder, who informed them that the killers were four in number, but he could recognise only one of them, who is a "notorious cadre" of ICS.

The killer has criminal records, police said.

"Their faces were covered with gamcha (towel) but I could recognise one of them", police earlier quoted the witness as saying. Police also said information gathered from two other sources also substantiated the version of the witness.

Police said they have launched a manhunt for the ICS cadre but did not name him. He is accused in several cases for murder and extortion and was arrested with firearms a few months before the murder of Prof Yunus.

Freed on bail, the ICS cadre had escaped to India and returned to Rajshahi three days before Prof. Yunus' murder, police said.

The ICS cadre held a meeting in Rajshahi University TSC area on the night before the murder. Sirajus Salekeen, a former ICS president in Rajshahi had attended the meeting along with a son of a pro- BNP RU teacher.

"He (the ICS Cadre) escaped several police raids. His arrest will expose everything behind the murder. We are trying hard to net him", said a highly placed police source.

The investigators had also obtained a leaflet in Purbo Banglar Communist Party reportedly claimed responsibility for the murder. But the investigators did not believe, the source said.