RAJSHAHI, Nov 18: A group of hired murderers took part in a killing mission to hack Professor AKM Shafiul Islam Lilon to death on Saturday, according to investigators.
"The mission was over, they fled the spot by
climbing over a nearby wall before anyone could follow them," a high
official of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) told the Daily Observer
At least six young men were suspected to be involved in
the gruesome murder of the Rajshahi University teacher, the official
added, claiming to have found some clues after talking to several
The six young men first surrounded Prof Shafiul in front
of his house and forced him to step towards a bush there. "The killers
took position behind a bush in a dark, shadowy place," the RMP official
Armed assailants hacked the RU teacher to death in the
Chouddopai area in Rajshahi city. He succumbed to injuries while
undergoing treatment at the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, the
police official further said.
"The handle of the machete that we
recovered from the spot was wrapped with nylon so that it did not slip
during the hacking. Moreover, there was no finger print on the handle,"
said an officer of the Detective Branch of Rajshahi police.
high ranking official from the RMP headquarters said they had been
following two routes for the investigation. "We have done the forensic
test already. Using technology, we have got some other sensational
information. For instance, we have learned that one of the killers had
been using his mobile phone in an unusual manner at the crime scene."
also said: "We have prepared a list of suspects comprising numbers that
had made phone calls before and after the murder to some fixed numbers
over a 20-minute period." Analysing the phone calls, witness statements
and the way the killers behaved, police guessed that they were not local
The official also said: "The most sensational part is that
some of the suspected mobile phone numbers are registered under names of
the people involved with the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and its
student wing Chhatra Shibir."
He said the murder scene details
suggested that it was a well-planned operation which could be termed a
'silent killing.' That, he said, was one of the major directions that
the investigation was heading to.
"Additionally, we are also trying
to find out whether any conflicts, including Prof Shafiul's political
affiliations, could be behind the murder," he said.
Meanwhile, police on Tuesday showed 11 people arrested in connection with the case and sought seven days' remand for each.
Hossain, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station, said all of the
killer-suspects had cases filed against their names and were involved in
sabotage and inciting violence in the area in the past.
College Principal and Jamaat leader Humayun Kabir, madrasa teacher
Fazlul Haque, Abdul Al Mahmud, village doctor Mosharraf Hossain Pintu,
Moshiur Rahman, Hasibur Rahman, Jinnat Ali, Saifuddin, Rezaul Karim,
Arif and Sagor were the 11 shown arrested on Monday. Earlier, police
detained 34 people during special drives over the last two days in
connection with the murder.