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2023-01-27 04:26:16 BdST

Photojournalist Aftab murder case: Fugitive convict held in Dinajpur

Members of Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU), a specialized unit of Bangladesh Police, have arrested a fugitive death-row convict in photojournalist Aftab Ahmed murder case.

They arrested Raju Munshi, 25, son of Nurul Islam Munshi of Patuakhali district, from Shalgram bordering area in Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur district on Wednesday.

Tipped off, a team of ATU conducted the drive in the area and arrested Raju from the bordering area.

On December 25, 2013, Aftab, 78, of Daily Ittefaq, an Ekushey Padak recipient, was found dead at his West Rampura Wapda Road residence.

Driver Humayun, Habib and Billal subsequently made a confessional statement before the court that they had strangled him to death while committing robbery in his house.

Billal looted Tk 72,000 from his residence and shared the money with the others involved in the killing, according to police.

Aftab received the coveted Ekushey Padak in 2006.

Monowar Ahmed Sagar, son of Aftab, lodged a complaint with Rampura Police Station. Police registered a murder case later.

On March 28, 2017, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced five people including Raju to death and another one to seven years imprisonment in the case.

Meanwhile, the High Court also upheld the lower court order sentencing five people to death and another one to seven years imprisonment.

Police arrested Raju in 2013 and he went into hiding after securing bail from the court.

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