Four Suspects Arrested over Rajshahi University Professor Killing

May 18, 2016

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


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


Police believes that the members of the Islamist outfit hacked Siddique, an English professor of Rajshahi University, to death on April 23 when he was waiting for a university bus near his home in the northern city.


Islamic State group had claimed the credit of the killing soon after the professor was hacked.

Three suspects, who aided Sakib, were arrested on Tuesday and produced before the court.

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

The attack on the professor was similar to those perpetrated by Islamist militants, who have claimed killings of secularist bloggers in the country.


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


Investigators say three militants came by a motorbike carried out the attack and left the scene quickly chanting “Allah hu Akbar” (God is great) slogan.


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 and one publisher, two gay rights activists and a Hindu tailor have been 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 the government to bring the killers to justice and ensure safety of the others in Rajshahi University




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