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Families of Bangabandhu killers found closely linked

Detective Branch of Police investigating the attack on lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh found close connection between the family members of Bangabandhu's killers and fugitive brigadier general (retd) Fazlul Bari.

During the state of emergency of 2007-2008, Bari made several attempts to reorganise Freedom Party, and even launched a travel agency with the family members of Bangabandhu's killers, DB sources said.

According to DB sources, they recovered a letter written by Bari to Bangabandhu's fugitive killer Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdur Rashid in which Bari called Faruque a "hero" for his role on August 15, 1975, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed along with most of his family members.

DB officials said they are yet to explore the entire network of people involved in the bomb attack on Awami League leader Fazle Noor Taposh. They, however, claimed that they are getting information from the arrestees.

Sources said family members of Bangabandhu's killers have been close since the assassination.

At the initiative of Fazlul Bari in 2007, a meeting was held at the house of Mehnaz Rashid, daughter of Bangabandhu's killer Abdur Rashid. Syed Tareq Rahman, son of Bangabandhu's killer Faruque Rahman, a few leaders of Freedom Party and some relatives of the families of the killers of Bangabandhu were also present.

Bari, Mehnaz, Freedom Party Vice-President Syed Tareq Rahman and former joint secretary Abdul Hai launched a travel agency together in Banani in 2007 at the initiative of Bari, DB sources claimed.

Talking to The Daily Star, Deputy Commissioner Monirul Islam of DB-South said they picked up retired joint secretary Abdul Hai from his Siddhirganj home Tuesday for questioning and he admitted about their travel agency business.

Asked about the recovered letter, the DC said Bari wrote the letter to Rashid about marrying Mehnaz. Mehnaz said she made a photocopy of it before sending it to Rashid via fax, DC Monirul said.

The DB so far arrested six people in connection with the bomb attack on Taposh.

Of the arrestees, four people are from the families of convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The arrestees are Mehnaz Rashid, Nazmul Hasan alias Sohel and Mahbubul Hasan, sons of convict Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed, Kamrul Haque Swapan, younger brother of convict Major (retd) Shariful Haq Dalim, and Freedom Party leaders Abdur Rahim and Sheikh Shafiullah Sofu.

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This is very fishy, how fast DB of Police finding all the information. I think someone should investigate how many militants working in Bangladesh Police. Why they keep failing miserably to protect any big crimes? Should Police department in Bangladesh dissolved and replace with some other law enforcement agency?

: Sawgat Chowdhury

The Newspapers in our country are devoted to MP Taposh attack because he is an Awami man & they completely forget about October 28, 2007 bloodshed I guess, according to the newspapers the murdered can't be catagorised as humans!!

: Farhad Mahmud
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