The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained five more suspects in connection with the triple murders at Maghbazar in Dhaka.
With the arrest of the five in raids at different areas of Munshiganj and the city on Friday and Saturday, the law enforcers have so far nabbed a total of 17 suspects for the killings committed on August 28.
RAB-3 operation officer Rabiul Karim said two suspects named Raju and Opu were detained from Munshiganj while the other three suspects-Sohel Khan, Billal and Zaora Kamal, a close associate of prime suspect Kala Babu who was shot dead on September 15, from Maghbazar, for their alleged involvement in the murder.
Alarmingly, the incidents of murder have been increasing in recent times. But the law enforcers fail to unearth the motives or nab the masterminds or their cohorts in most murder cases.
On August 28, a group of attackers entered a house at Maghbazar's Sonalibagh and opened fire which caused the death of three men -- the house owner 'Brishty' alias 'Ranu', 30, tenants 'Munna', 22, and 'Belal', 20.
According to the family, local "crime boss" Shah Alam Khandakar alias Kala Babu was responsible for the killing since he had been trying to extort money from them for some times. As they did not pay the amount sought, the murders were committed, the family members claimed.
Police, however, primarily assumed that the killings might be a sequel to a dispute over a Bangladesh railway land that had been occupied.
Ranu's brother Shamim alias Kala Chan registered a case with Ramna police station over the murders in which 13 men were made suspects while Kala Babu was named the key suspect. The prime suspect was shot dead in a 'shootout' in Dhaka, according to a statement of the police.