Another held over Avijit murder; put on remand
A court in Dhaka on Saturday placed alleged militant leader Arafat Rahman Siyam alias Sajjad, who was arrested on Friday night over the killing of blogger and writer Avijit Roy, on a five-day remand for interrogation, reports UNB. Dhaka Metropolitan Police had earlier announced a Tk 2 lakh bounty for information leading to the arrest of Arafat. A team of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP with the help of Detective Branch of Dhaka district police conducted a drive at Baradeshi of Aminbazar in Savar around 7pm and arrested Arafat, who was a member of the operational team of banned Islamic outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), said Masudur Rahman, DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media), Saturday. Arafat was produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate court in the afternoon seeking remand for interrogation. After hearing, the court granted a 5-day remand, he said. Masudur claimed that soon after his arrest, Arafat confessed to his involvement in the several sensational murders, including that of Avijit, former USAID staff Xulhaz Mannan, blogger Niladri ChattopadhyayNiloy and publisher Faisal ArefinDipon.
Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen and founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was hacked to death and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya was injured as unidentified miscreants attacked them with meat cleavers. Ovijit succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital soon after he was taken there.
The CTTC has so far arrested 11 people in connection with the Avijit murder. Two of them have reportedly already given confessional statements before court.