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Bangladesh MP murder case: Flesh found in septic tank at Kolkata flat, sent for DNA tests

Anwarul Azim Anar, an MP of Bangladesh's Awami League, was strangled to death and his body was skinned and chopped to pieces before being disposed of in several parts of Kolkata. The main suspect is believed to be hiding in the US while a butcher, an illegal immigrant, was apprehended.

Edited By: Aveek Banerjee @AveekABanerjee Kolkata Published on: May 29, 2024 11:40 IST
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Image Source : ANI/INDIA TV Bangladeshi police official Harun-or-Rashid and Jiten Hawladar, a butcher who was arrested in the murder case

Kolkata: In another disturbing revelation in the brutal murder of a Bangladeshi MP in West Bengal, police have found flesh in a septic tank at the Kolkata housing complex where Awami League member Anwarul Azim Anar stayed and where he was allegedly killed. The flesh samples would be sent for forensic and DNA tests to confirm whether they belonged to him, according to Bangladesh Police's Detective Branch.

Harun-or-Rashid, the chief of Bangladesh Police's Detective Department, arrived in India on Sunday to take part in the ongoing investigations into Anwarul Azim's murder. He said that any development in the case could be confirmed only when the results of the flesh samples were confirmed. "We opened the sewage line and septic tank of that duplex flat (murder site) with the help of West Bengal CID and found (samples of ) flesh there," he told mediapersons.

"It will be sent for forensic and DNA tests, and only after that, something can be said...Only after forensic and DNA tests can we tell whose flesh it is," he added. Earlier, Harun-or-Rashid shared his insights on the case, describing the killing as a "cold-blooded, barbaric murder" and that he had never seen such a heinously planned murder before.

"We also got digital evidence and we will also record the statement of the accused butcher. After interrogation, we matched the statement with our accused in Bangladesh. We also got circumstantial evidence and we are matching it..." he said, adding that he will cooperate with Interpol and the CID to identify the prime suspect behind the killing.

Bone-chilling details of murder shock police

Last week, the CID and Kolkata Police's Special Task Force revealed harrowing details of Anwarul Azim's murder, who was strangled to death and his body was skinned and chopped up in an apartment after his murder and disposed of in several plastic packets across the city. An illegal immigrant living in Mumbai, identified as Jitan Hawladar, was arrested in connection with the case.

Initial details of the investigation revealed that  Anwarul Azim was apparently 'honey trapped' by a Bangladeshi model named Silasti Rahman, who is believed to be acquainted with one of his murderers and aided in his killing. The woman is a resident of Bangladesh's Khulna district and lured the MP to his death, after which he returned to her country with the prime accused Amanullah Khan. However, Rahman has reportedly been detained by the Bangladeshi police.

Hawladar is a Bangladeshi national and worked as a butcher in Mumbai. According to CID sources, he was called to Kolkata to commit the murder and confessed that he and four other Bangladeshi nationals strangled the MP to death on Akhtaruzzaman's orders. Shocking details about the brutal murder emerged as the accused peeled the skin of the MP's body, removed all the flesh and minced it to eliminate any chances of identification. The body was later chopped into small pieces and packed into plastic packets.

Who is the prime accused?

On Sunday, Rashid said the prime suspect in the murder case was Akhtaruzzaman and the police suspected that he could have probably escaped to the United States via Dubai from Kathmandu. He claimed the accused might have taken the air route via Dubai to reach America.  "We just landed here. In our criminal Act, there is a section called Extra Territorial Offence which means, that if an individual commits a crime outside Bangladesh, we, under this Extra Territorial Offence section, can investigate those crimes," said the Bangladeshi detective.

The investigators claimed that an alleged rift over gold smuggling between Anar and his friend, who is a US citizen and his business partner, could be the cause of the crime. "The mastermind of this murder, the beneficiary and those who executed the plans, all are Bangladeshi. The murder plot was planned in Bangladesh. Now our main work is to take forward the investigation," he added.

The search for the missing MP, who reportedly arrived in Kolkata on May 12 to undergo medical treatment, began after Gopal Biswas, a resident of Baranagar in north Kolkata and an acquaintance of the Bangladeshi politician, filed a complaint with the local police on May 18.

(with inputs from agencies)

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