Shilasti Rahman gives confessional statement in murder of MP Anwarul Azim Anar

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Member of Parliament, Anwarul Azim Anar

The murder of Jhenaidah-4 Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Anwarul Azim Anar has unraveled a convoluted tale of betrayal, conspiracy, and international intrigue. Shilasti Rahman’s confessional statement in court has brought to light critical details of this high-profile case, further complicating an already intricate investigation.

Shilasti Rahman, now in police custody, gave a detailed confessional statement under Section 164 in the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court. Shilasti’s testimony revealed that the triplex flat in Sanjiba Garden was rented under the guise of a married couple, using the names of Shaheen and herself. This flat became the backdrop of MP Anar’s gruesome murder.

In her statement, Shilasti recounted the initial meeting with MP Anar. After a brief greeting in the flat, she left, only to return later that night. Upon her return, she noticed a strong smell of bleaching powder and heard continuous water flushing from the toilet. Her queries about Anar’s whereabouts were met with evasive responses, suggesting that the “guest” had left. Shilasti claimed ignorance of the murder, insisting she was unaware of the plot to kill the MP.

Despite her claims of innocence, her statement provided a comprehensive account of her involvement with the primary accused, Aktaruzzaman Shaheen, and others implicated in the murder. Shilasti detailed her movements, including her travel to Kolkata and the interactions with various individuals before and after the murder.

The pursuit of justice took a transnational turn with the involvement of Siam Hossain, another key suspect, who was detained in Nepal. However, efforts by the Dhaka Metropolitan Detective (DB) police to extradite Siam were thwarted as Nepalese authorities refused to hand him over. The DB team’s attempts to interrogate Siam were unsuccessful, forcing them to return empty-handed.

Siam’s role in the murder plot is significant. He, along with Zahid, was reportedly responsible for disposing of MP Anar’s remains in the Bagjora Canal near Jirengachi Bridge in Krishnamati, Kolkata. Despite these efforts, the Kolkata police have yet to recover the remains, adding another layer of complexity to the case.

The involvement of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of India further complicated the situation, as they too sought Siam’s extradition. The DB police believe that Siam possesses crucial information about the murder, making his detention and potential extradition pivotal to the investigation.

Shilasti’s court deposition shed light on the planning and execution of the murder. She recounted her initial meeting with Aktaruzzaman Shaheen, the mastermind behind the plot, and detailed their movements from Kolkata to Bangladesh. Her testimony also provided insight into the logistics of renting the flat in Sanjiba Garden and the subsequent events leading to Anar’s murder.

The flat was rented under the names of Shaheen and Shilasti, facilitating their disguise as a married couple. This deception allowed them to move freely and execute their plan without arousing suspicion. Shilasti’s account also implicated other individuals, revealing who visited the flat before and after the murder, thus painting a clearer picture of the conspiracy.

In a significant move, the DB police sought information on the bank accounts of ten accused individuals. This request, granted by the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, aimed to uncover financial transactions that could provide further evidence of the murder plot. The accused include prominent figures such as Shimul Bhuiyan, Tanveer Bhuiyan, and Shilasti Rahman, along with suspected fugitives Aktaruzzaman Shaheen, Md. Siam Hossain, Faisal Ali, Mostafizur Rahman, Chelsea Cherry, Taj Mohammad Khan Haji, and Md. Jamal Hossain.

The DB’s investigation revealed a long-standing plan to kidnap and murder MP Anar, driven by financial motives. Initial interrogations of the arrested suspects have uncovered gruesome details of the plot, including the extortion of money and the subsequent disposal of Anar’s body. The investigation is ongoing, with the DB police interrogating suspects under remand to gather more information and track down the fugitive accused.

The international dimension of this case has necessitated diplomatic interventions. A three-member team from the DB police traveled to Nepal, with diplomatic efforts from the Bangladesh Embassy aiming to secure Siam’s return. However, the legal and diplomatic complexities have so far impeded these efforts.

Anar’s daughter, Mumtarin Ferdous Doreen, and his personal assistant, Abdur Rauf, have obtained Indian visas, indicating their willingness to cooperate with the investigation. Their travel to India, however, depends on coordination with the DB police, who are managing the broader investigation.

Aktaruzzaman Shaheen, identified as the mastermind, remains at large, possibly in the United States. His associates, including Shilasti Rahman and others, played crucial roles in the plot. The DB police have uncovered connections between Shaheen and other suspects, including Taj Mohammad Khan alias Haji and Md. Jamal Hussain, both of whom are known to be close to Shaheen.

Shilasti’s account also mentioned Chelsea Cherry aka Aria, another individual connected to Shaheen. According to the DB, Shaheen took Aria to Kolkata during the initial phase of the assassination attempt on MP Anar. These revelations highlight the extensive network and meticulous planning involved in the murder plot.

The murder of MP Anar has shocked the nation and underscored the lengths to which criminals will go to achieve their nefarious goals. The DB police, along with international law enforcement agencies, are working tirelessly to bring all perpetrators to justice. The investigation continues to uncover new details, providing a clearer understanding of the conspiracy and the individuals involved.

Shilasti Rahman’s confessional statement has been a critical piece in this puzzle, offering insights into the murder plot and the roles played by various suspects. Despite her claims of innocence, her detailed account has been invaluable to the investigation, helping to unravel the complex web of deceit and murder.

As the legal proceedings and international pursuits continue, the case of MP Anar’s murder remains a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by law enforcement in tackling transnational crime. The relentless efforts of the DB police and their international counterparts reflect a commitment to justice and the rule of law, ensuring that those responsible for this heinous crime are held accountable.

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