Detectives got the names of Mahfuz, Rony, Jahid and Atik in December last year from two members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) – Tariqul Islam Mithu and Abdul Gafur – arrested in connection with the murder of Pir Khijir Hayat Khan in Dhaka last year.
One of the duo, Mithu, later gave confessional statement in six-murder case. But the detectives could not trace the four who also took part in the attack.
Family members of Pir Lutfar have expressed grievances as the law enforcers could not file charge sheet in three years. They alleged that the investigator had stopped contacting them.
In June, the JMB in a statement claimed responsibility for both the murders. It said the “Imam Ibn Taimiah Brigade” killed Pir Lutfar and “Hafez Mahmud Brigade” slaughtered Pir Khijir Khan at his Khanqah Sharif in Badda area of Dhaka on October 5 last year.
Pir Lutfar, his son Sarowar Islam Faruk alias Monir and four of the Pir’s disciples were found slaughtered at their 64/6 Gopibagh house on December 21, 2013. The four are Manzur Alam, Md Shahin, Rasel and Mozibar Sarker.
The killers acting as a follower of Pir Lutfar entered the house and killed the six confining his wife, daughter-in-law and others in another room.
An official involved in the investigation, requesting anonymity, said that Mithu had told the investigators that they had carried out the attack since Pir Lutfar used to give false explanation of Islam. The killers left no clue that could help solve the case, the official added.
DB Inspector (east) Kazi Golam Kabir, also investigation officer, said that they were analysing the information given by Mithu and trying to arrest the four others.
“We will submit the charge sheet once the four absconding JMB members are arrested or traced,” he added.