Indian police arrive in Dhaka to investigate murder of Jhenaidah-4 lawmaker

Anar, who disappeared in Kolkata last week, is believed to have been murdered by a group of Bangladeshi men, according to government statements. However, Indian police have yet to locate his body.

A team of Indian police is set to arrive in Dhaka today to investigate the murder of Anwarul Azim Anar, a Jhenaidah-4 Awami League lawmaker, who was killed in Kolkata.

Sources within the Detective Branch of the police informed The Daily Star that the two-member team will collaborate with local authorities, sharing information and interrogating the suspects arrested in connection with the high-profile murder.

Anar, who disappeared in Kolkata last week, is believed to have been murdered by a group of Bangladeshi men, according to government statements. However, Indian police have yet to locate his body.

In Dhaka, police have arrested three suspects, while West Bengal police have detained a taxi driver who is an Indian national, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan revealed to reporters yesterday.

Multiple sources in Bangladesh’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies suggest that Azim and a Bangladeshi-American citizen named Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, locally known as Shaheen, were allegedly involved in an illegal gold trading business in Kolkata. Indian police have identified Shaheen as a key suspect in the murder.

The two businessmen reportedly had a falling out over their illicit activities, leading to evidence that Akhtaruzzaman hired a man named Amanullah to eliminate Azim. Amanullah, in turn, recruited two others named Mustafizur and Faisal for the job. All three were arrested this week, with Amanullah apprehended in Dhaka on Tuesday night.

This complex and transnational investigation highlights the collaborative efforts between Indian and Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies to resolve the case and bring the perpetrators to justice. As the Indian police team arrives in Dhaka, further developments are anticipated in this unfolding investigation.