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Four Suspects Arrested Over Rajshahi University Professor Killing

Updated: Mar 12, 2022

According to Newsnextbd, four suspected Islamists have been arrested for their suspected involvement in the last month’s murder at Rajshahi University.

One of them is Maskawat Hasan Sakib, the commander of the outlawed Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh. He confessed to his involvement in the killing of AFM Rezaul Karim Siddique and was sent to jail.

Police believe that the members of the Islamist outfit killed English Professor Siddique on April 23 when he was waiting for a university bus near his home. Investigators say three militants carried out the attack and left the scene on a motorbike, chanting the “Allah hu Akbar” (God is great) slogan.

The Islamic State group claimed credit for the killing soon after the professor was hacked to death, and three suspects who aided Sakib were arrested on Tuesday and brought before the court.

Samsuddin said the lawmen also seized the motorbike and two machetes used in the killing mission.

Police launched investigation after Riyasat Imtiaz Shourav, son of the slain professor, filed a case with the police against unnamed persons.

In November 2014, a sociology teacher at the same university was killed in a similar attack claimed by a local Islamist group. Five secularist bloggers, one publisher, two gay rights activists, and a Hindu tailor were also killed by suspected Islamist militants in Bangladesh since last year.

The students and teachers of the university boycotted classes and exams to protest the killing. They also asked that the government bring the killers to justice and ensure safety of everyone at Rajshahi University.


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