Police arrested an alleged local criminal named Rana, 28, in connection with the murder of Ibrahim Manik, 30, son of fish trader Hanif Sawdagor of Madarbari-Sadarghat area’s Sahebpara.
“Manik was the president of Sadarghat unit of Swechchhasebak League,” said Sadhan Das, joint convener of the city’s Andarkilla unit of the associate wing of the ruling Awami League.
Kotwali police station’s Officer-in-Charge (OC) Jasim Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune: “The incident took place in front of the GPO near the New Market around noon. We have arrested one Rana in this connection.
“Rana is a local goon in the city’s Madarbari area and accused in at least 10 cases filed with Sadarghat police station.”
The OC added that primarily the murder seemed planned.
“Locals and traffic police found Ibrahim Manik in a pool of blood on the footpath from where he was whisked off to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. Doctors there declared him dead,” the OC said.
“Rana and Manik had had a long standing rivalry since Manik rented Rana’s maternal uncle’s shop. Manik had filed a case over the rivalry,” he said.
OC Jasim said: “Before the murder, Rana appeared before a court in the case filed by Manik.
“Police could not immediately unearth how Manik and Rana met at the place and what exactly happened between them.”
The police recovered a mobile phone and an unused bullet from the spot.
Chittagong Medical College Hospital Police Outpost’s In-Charge Inspector Jahirul Islam said the Swechchhasebak League leader sustained a bullet on his left thigh and probably died because of blood loss.
“The body has been sent to CMCH morgue for autopsy,” he said.
Manik’s younger brother Yusuf Ratan told the Dhaka Tribune that Rana had demanded a large amount of money from his brother and threatened Manik with dire consequences.
Yusuf alleged that Rana had shot Manik after he had failed to realise the money.