Missing Bangladesh Ruling Party Lawmaker Found Murdered in India

Wed May 22 2024
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DHAKA: Bangladesh’s ruling party lawmaker was found murdered in Kolkata city of India on Wednesday morning, more than a week after he went missing, said Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.

Anwarul Azim Anar, aged 56 and a three-time winner from the Awami League party in the Jhenaidah, the border district, went missing on May 13 after traveling to India for medical treatment, according to his family.

Bangladeshi Home Minister informed the press that three Bangladeshis have been taken into custody in connection with the lawmaker’s death. Both Bangladesh and Kolkata authorities are collaborating on the investigation, refraining from divulging details to preserve the integrity of the probe.

Indian authorities said that a murder case has been registered and the lawmaker’s body is yet to be found.

Video evidence from the residential complex where Anar was staying revealed potential clues, including bloodstains, said Akhilesh Chaturvedi, a senior police officer in West Bengal. Furthermore, another unnamed senior officer hinted at potential links to terrorist groups among the perpetrators.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her condolences and profound sorrow over the tragic loss of the lawmaker.

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