Mastermind among four arrested over Chinese national murder in Pirojpur
A total of four people including the mastermind have been arrested by police in connection with the murder of a Chinese national in Pirojpur district.
Barisal Range DIG Md Shafiqul Islam confirmed the matter at a press conference on Tuesday morning.
He said the main accused Hossain Sheikh, 19, of Pirojpur municipality, tried to snatch money from the Chinese national Pan Yuanjun, 58, on October 7.
Pan Yuanjun was working for the under-construction 8th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge on the river Kacha in the district. He was going to pay the labourers at the bridge site riding on his bicycle. At that time, he was carrying Tk 2,63,230 in a bag. When he reached at an isolated place, he was waylaid by the accused. As he tried to resist the muggers, accused Hossain Sheikh allegedly stabbed him several times, leaving him critically injured on the spot, and later snatched away most of the money from the bag.
Pan Yuanjun was pronounced dead after he was taken to Pirojpur District Hospital around 7pm.
A case was filed with Pirojpur Sadar Police Station on October 8.
The Barisal Range DIG also said that the looted Tk 1,89,000 was later found at Hossain Sheikh's house.
He said another arrested Sabbir Ahmed Sheikh, 20, of Sadar upazila in the district, worked under the supervision of Pan Yuanjun in a bridge construction project in the district.
Hossain Sheikh also used to work in the same project, but he was sacked over his under-performance.
Police also arrested two persons in this connection from Kumarkhali area of the district town following the murder.
The body of Pan Yuanjun was sent to Dhaka after postmortem at Pirojpur Hospital. From Dhaka, the body will be sent to China, said Pirojpur police super Hayatul Islam.