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Case filed over murder of Japanese

  • Published at 02:29 pm October 4th, 2015

A case was filed  over the murder of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur early yesterday accusing three unidentified citizens.

Kawnia police station Officer-in-Charge Rezaul Karim filed the case and assigned the inspector (investigation) the case.

Investigators said the killers used small weapons the same way they were used in the murder of the Italian citizen in the capital.

An investigator said they had collected 9mm calibre bullet shells from the spot. However, the high officials denied expressing any progress in the case saying it was not the right time to make any comment.

RAB Intelligence Director Abul Kalam Azad told the Dhaka Tribune that the killers seemed to have had taken their preparation well before they went on their mission.

When asked about the motive, he said it would be cleared after the criminals are arrested.

Police have so far detained six people in connection with the murder of Hoshi but none of them was named in the case filed, said Additional Superintendent of Police Zainal Abedin.

Those who were detained are Zakaria Bala, 58, his brother-in-law Hira, 48, rickshaw-puller Monnaf Ali and Murad Hossain.

Hoshi was a tenant at Bala’s house at Munshipara and Murad’s home is near the spot of the murder.

The two other detainees are Rangpur municipality unit BNP leader Anisur Rahman and local BNP activist Rashedunnabi Khan Biplob.

However, Sadar police denied their detention.

A police source said they usually had a list of foreigners staying in the city. But on that list Kunio Hoshi was not included.

Hoshi’s passport shows that he came to Bangladesh through the Burimari Land Port in Lalmonirhat on August 8 this year. He had visa until April 13 next year, he said.

As this correspondent visited the spot he found the locals scared of talking to outsiders.

However, a housewife said she had noticed two people aged around 38 to 50 loitering around the spot of the murder on two consecutive days.

Abdul Hai, who has a grocery shop some 200 metres from the crime scene and also lives nearby, said Hoshi was very friendly and everybody liked him for his jokes.

“Especially, children living near his farm were his friends,” Hai said.

Meanwhile, police headquarters formed a five-member committee to investigate the murder of the Japanese on Sunday morning with Rangpur Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Humayun Kabir as its head.

Kunio Hoshi, 65, was killed in broad daylight in Kachu Alutari area of Kawnia upazila in Rangpur on his way to his farm.

It was second consecutive murder of foreigner in the country in a span of only five days.

ASM Barkat Ullah, a doctor working at Rangpur Medical College Hospital, said that Hoshi had three bullet wounds on the chest, waist and shoulder.

The DIG, Rangpur SP Abdur Razzak, PBI Additional SP Abdus Salam, RAB intelligence Director Abul Kalam Azad, Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and different other organisaitons visited the spot.

A team from Japan Embassy headed by its security-in-charge also visited the spot.    

3-member Japanese team visits Rangpur

The three-member team of Japan Embassy in Bangladesh visited the spot where Kunio Hoshi was killed and one of their members took part in the autopsy.

After the autopsy they visited the spot around 4:15pm.

However, the security chief of the embassy declined to make any comment.

A police source said the Japanese official requested police to stay put there to protect the crime scene as an investigating team would arrive very soon from Japan within two days.

However, an embassy source said the team might arrive in Dhaka any time today.

District Livestock Officer Dr Mahbub Alam told the Dhaka tribune that the grass Hoshi was cultivating was well known as industrial crops named coal grass.

No other person in the country had ever cultivated the grass in the country.

He said Hoshi did not take permission from the department but they knew about it. 

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