Sakib Hossain, the fugitive accused in sensational Neela Roy murder case in Savar, was arrested finally in a police drive at Maddha Para area in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, early on Tuesday.
“Acting on a tip off, we conducted a drive at his residence at Maddha Para area on early Tuesday, and arrested him. He was produced before a Dhaka court and sought five-day remand for interrogation”, Nirmal Kumar Das, Inspector (Intelligence) of Savar model police station told the Bangladesh Post.
The arrestee Sakib Hossain, 20, is son of Shirajul Islam Shiru, hailing from Maddha Para area of Savar. He was the only accused, who fugitive for four months since the incident, and his connection and the name came to light, when Mizanur Rahman Mizan, the prime accused of the case gives the confessional statement to the court.
Earlier Bangladesh Post runs news with the title ‘Accused moves freely, but police unaware’ along with some photos of his wandering around into area on last Jan 22, which creates huge discussion among several quarters, besides, civil society expressed satisfaction over his arrest.
Salahuddin Khan Noyeem, General Secretary of Savar Nagorik Committee, and Corruption Prevention Committee told The Bangladesh Post, “Dr. Enamur Rahman, State minister for disaster management and relief, and Manjurul Alam Razib, the Upazila Chairman of Savar asked the police to arrest Sakib as soon as possible in the meeting regarding law and order, held at Upazila Parishad on last Jan 26, after the report published with the photo of his wandering around”.
He further said, “We have been demanding always to immediate arrest all of the accused in this case and their supreme punishment, on behalf of civil society. We thanked to the police to arrest him, as well as we demands fair trial for the murder”.
Notably, Neela Roy, 14, a tenth grader of Aced School in Savar, was stabbed to death by a stalker, and juvenile gang member named Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, inside an abandoned house at Kazi Mokmapara area of Savar municipality, on the evening of September 20 in 2020. Later, Neela’s father lodged a case with Savar model police station mentioning the prime accused Mizanur Rahman, 21, his father Abdur Rahman, 60, and his mother Nazmunnahar Siddiqua, 50, along with 3 to 4 anonymous accused in the case statement. Later, Police found Sakib’s and Selim Palowan’s involvement with the murder, when the prime accused gives the confessional statement to the court.