One of the locals said his nephew apprehended Akbar from India’s Silchar area
Suspended policeman Akbar Hossain Bhuiyan, key accused in Rayhan murder case, offered his captors Tk20 Lakh to let him go.
Md Abdur Rahim, who is a resident of Dona village in Kanaighat upazila of Sylhet, disclosed the information saying: “Akbar begged for his life in exchange for Tk20 lakh. We told him that he is an enemy of the country and he should not be saved.”
Saying that justice is much more valuable than money, Rahim said they did not agree to release Akbar to protect their reputation and stay out of danger.
Sylhet Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Fariduddin said Akbar was arrested from the Dona border area of Kanaighat at 9am on Monday under the direct supervision of the district police.
According to SP Fariduudin, some “trusted contacts” in the bordering area had helped them with the arrest.
However, Abdur Rahim said Akbar was first apprehended by one of his nephews in India’s Silchar, just across the border from Sylhet’s Kanaighat Upazila.
Quoting his nephew, Abdur Rahim said his nephew first found Akbar staying in Silchar. He was wearing a bangle around his neck.
“After my nephew informed me over the phone, I asked him to send photos on messenger. After seeing his photo, I recognized him,” Rahim said.
“I told my nephew to become friends with Akbar. When I informed the local police, they said bring him if you can,” Rahim said.
Later, Akbar was detained on Sunday in the Sonapur Bridge area of Meghalaya. Rahim’s nephew was also with Akbar at the time. Many Khasias detained him overnight and brought him to the border area on Monday morning, according to Rahim.
After informing the police administration, Rahim went to the border area along with some locals including Saleh and Shahabuddin to bring Akbar across the border.
“After crossing the border, I told the OC of Kanaighat and Zakiganj police station, who was standing near the 1,335 border pillar in white clothes, that this [pointing towards Akbar] is the accused,” Rahim said.
Abdur Rahim said his nephew had kept Akbar in his custody for two days. Rahim did not name his nephew and said his nephew was not a source for police.
Rahim's statement went viral on social media.
Lt Col Rafiqul Islam, commander of the 19th BGB, also confirmed to Dhaka Tribune that Akbar was captured and brought back through Rahim.
District police statement on Akbar's arrest
Meanwhile, a statement was issued from the media cell of the district police on Tuesday regarding Akbar's arrest.
It said that on Monday at around 9am, Sylhet district police arrested SI Akbar from Dona area on the Bangladesh-India border in Kanaighat upazila of Sylhet district.
Police at different times use reliable sources who provide information about the location and movements of an accused. According to the statement, In the case of SI Akbar's arrest, the Sylhet district police similarly used multiple sources who directly and indirectly assisted in the arrest.
No information about the source was disclosed to the public for strategic reasons. Some people on social media are trying to present the issue in a different way, which is not desirable, the statement read.