Monday, October 6, 2008

PBCP chief operative arrested in Rajshahi

Naogaon police yesterday arrested an underground operative and chief commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP/ML Red Flag), from Manda upazila.

The arrestee was identified as Motiar Rahman alias Mantu, 53.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by circle ASP Sohel Reza raided Turupbaria School field in the early hours and succeeded arresting him when he was holding a secret meeting with cohorts.

Other operatives, however, managed to escape from the spot.

Naogaon Police Super Mofazzel Hossain at a press conference at his office said Motiar is now undergoing interrogation.

Motiar took over the post of PBCP chief after July 27 when the former chief Dr Mizanur Rahman alias Tutul was killed in a crossfire, he added.

Motiar was evading arrest since he was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging in the UP Chairman Golam Rabbani murder case of Baghmara upazila in Rajshahi three years ago on July 25, 2005.

Police had announced a bounty of Tk 1.0 lakh for information leading to the arrest of Motiar back in 2006.

Motiar, son of Abdul Quayyum Uddin of Krisnanagar village under Raninagar upazila in Naogaon, is also accused in three other under-trial murder cases, including the killings of Manda upazila BNP leader Mansur Mridha and Atrai JCD leader Salamat Hossain.

"The arrest signals that the activities of underground operatives are now under the control of police… We are now beating the menace," said the SP seeking cooperation from common people.

He further said Naogaon and its adjoining districts are heavily infested by cadres of various factions of the underground operatives who, in the name of class struggle, are engaged in hired killings and extortion.

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