Since the publication of the reports in different Indian media outlets in April, Bangladesh so far did not find anything, say govt officials
The reports of Indian media in April about the arrest of Risaldar Moslemuddin, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in West Bengal were fake, senior government officials concerned have told Dhaka Tribune.
Since the publication of the reports in different Indian media outlets in the third week of April, they said that the government had not found anything from its counterpart in India.
An Indian media house, Anandabazar, reported the arrest of Moslemuddin. Subsequently, the news item was carried by Indian and Bangladeshi media without any confirmation from either of the governments in Dhaka and New Delhi.
The Bangabandhu killer was arrested from North 24 Parganas in West Bengal after receiving leads from the interrogation of Abdul Majed, another killer of the country’s founding president, the report had said.
Abdul Majed, who used to live in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, was arrested in Dhaka on April 7 and executed at the Dhaka Central Jail at 12:01am on April 12.
When contacted, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told this correspondent on Tuesday night that he had not heard anything more about it after April.
“So many media write so many things. Some are true while some are fake,” he said.
On April 20, Khan said, "As you are hearing we are also hearing. But there is no confirmation.
"Our NSI (National Security Intelligence) does not know anything. Our SB (Special Branch) does not know anything," he told Dhaka Tribune on Monday.
"We are verifying," he added.
Despite repeated attempts on Tuesday and Wednesday, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen could not be reached.
An official of the Bangladesh deputy high commission in Kolkata said that it was indeed fake news and that if it were true it would have been made public by now, given the importance of the development.
Two more government officials concerned concurred with the official of the deputy high commission.
The officials did not want to be named considering the sensitivity of the issue.
In April, Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata said, “We also came to know through the media reports. We are trying to gather information from different sources.”
Moslemuddin is one of the five absconding convicts along with Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, M Rashed Chowdhury, and SHMB Noor Chowdhury.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed along with most of his family members at his Dhanmondi 32 residence on August 15, 1975.