The Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has been tasked to investigate two the cases filed over the killing of 'Jagriti Prokashony' publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan and attempting to murder another publisher, along with two others on Saturday.
Meanwhile, another writer filed a general diary with police seeking security of his life Monday night, although the killers and attackers of the publishers and writers still remained untraced.
Publisher Dipan, son of prominent scholar and supernumerary professor of Dhaka University Abdul Kashem Fazlul Haque, was found hacked to death inside his office on the second floor of Aziz Co-Cooperative Market at Shahbagh on Saturday afternoon.
At around the same time, another publisher Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury alias Tutul, along with writer Randipam Basu and blogger Tarek Rahim, sustained serious injuries when unidentified criminals attacked them sharp weapons inside his office 'Suddhaswar' located at Lalmatia.
Two days into the incidents, Dipan's widow Razia Rahman, a doctor of Dhaka University Medical Centre, filed a murder case with Shahbagh police on Monday and 'Suddhaswar' owner filed another case with Mohammadpur police on the same day for the attempts to kill him and two others. Unnamed criminals were accused in both the cases.
Mashrukur Rahman Khaled, Deputy Commissioner (DC) at the South division of DB (DC-DB-South), said both the cases were sent to them for investigation Tuesday.
Earlier, in separate attacks in same style, several writers and bloggers were killed and injured in Dhaka and Sylhet.
Talking to the Daily Observer, the DC-DB-South said they were continuing their efforts to find out the criminals even before the cases were shifted to them for investigation.
Asked, DB official Khaled mentioned the cadres of banned Islamist outfit Ansarullah as the suspects in both the incidents.
"Although we could not arrest any of the criminals, we suspect the Ansarullah men were behind the killing of publisher Dipan and attacks on another publisher Tutul, along with two others," said Mashrukur Rahman Khaled.
The DB official said they were analysing the video footages captured in the CCTVs installed at Aziz Co-Operative Super Market and also at different buildings surrounding the office of publishing house 'Suddhaswar' at Lalmatia to detect the killers.
In reply to queries, the top DB official said they were yet to detect any of the criminals by analysing the video footages and also could not find any conversation over phone helpful for detecting criminals.
Meanwhile, a writer of 'Jagriti Prokashony' identified as Ahsan Kabir Monday night lodged a GD with the capital's Banani Police Station from feeling of insecurity following the killing of his publisher Dipan and attacks on another publisher.
Ahsan Kabir, also a TV actor, in his statement mentioned that the languages in the announcements of the Ansarullah cadres claiming the responsibilities of the killing of Dipan and attacks on Tutul and two others prompted him to file the GD.
Another publisher identified as Farid Ahmed, owner of Somoy Prokashoni, also filed a GD with Dhanmondi police earlier on Sunday after he was issued with a death threat by unidentified criminals over phone.