Thursday, September 18, 2008

Idris Ali Murder: Naogaon court orders re-investigation

A court in Naogaon yesterday ordered re-investigation into the murder of Idris Ali Khejur by the militants of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) in 2004 accepting the no-confidence petition filed by the sister of the victim on the final report of the case.

Nilima Akhtar, Khejur's sister, filed the no-confidence petition with the court on May 11 as police submitted the final report in the case during the rule of previous political government and relieved a number of militant kingpins from the charge of murder.

Accepting the petition, the court asked the officer-in-charge (OC) of Raninagar police station in Naogaon to re-investigate into the case.

In her petition, Nilima, the plaintiff of the case, accused 102 persons for the murder and said a number of accused, including militant kingpin Asadullah Al Galib and former BNP state minister Alamgir Kabir, were relieved from the murder charge.

Other accused include Tota Khandoker, Salehin, Hafez Mahmud, ASM Azizullah, Samad Salafi, Nurul Islam, Shariatullah Simar, Hmayet Hossain Himu, Abdus Salam, Khabir Sheikh, Khairul Islam Mantu, Lalu Fakir, Helal Sheikh, Abul Hossain Master, Lutfar Rahman and Abdul Bari.

The petition said the final report, which relieved some accused from the charge as well as charged some others and did not show any involvement with the murder, was false and without her knowing.

Nilima also claimed that the very first information report (FIR) of the case was not filed by her and it was forged.

On May 19, 2004, the JMJB militants led by Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai abducted Idris Ali Khejur, Abdul Qaiyum Badshah and Bashar at Simba village in Raninagar upazila reportedly to take revenge the deaths of two militants by outlaws.

They were later tortured brutally and their wails were amplified through loudhailers to terrorise the neighbourhood. The gang slaughtered Khejur and cut his body into pieces, says the petition.

The body of Badshah was found hanging with a roadside tree at Bamongram in Nandigram, Bogra on May 20. Police recovered Khejur's body, cut into four pieces, from near Veti camp on May 28, it says.

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