Three persons were arrested yesterday on charge of killing an Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI), Kazi Md Salauddin, of port city’s Chandgaon Police Station, who died after being run over by a microbus carrying alcohol in Chandgaon area on June 11.
A drug peddler, who smuggled homemade alcohol from Rangamati to Chattogram, told his driver to run over the police officer if they tried to stop the vehicle on the way, said officials after they arrested three members of the gang.
The arrestees are Uttam Biswas alias Belal (34), Md Rashed alias Rasel (26), and Shamsul Alam (60). Among them, Belal was driving the microbus which ran over ASI Salauddin.
“After killing ASI Salauddin, the three went into hiding and tried to go to Cox’s Bazar from Chattogram. But police arrested them from Maijjartek area after a frantic effort,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner (North) Abu Bakar Siddique.
The ADC said the arrestees had been bringing alcohol from Rangamati and then supplying to sellers in Boalkhali for a long time.
Inspector (Investigation) Rajesh Barua told The Daily Star, “On June 11, Md Jahangir, alcohol trader and owner of the vehicle, was in the microbus. He saw ASI Salauddin positioned at the police check post. Later, Jahangir told Belal and the two others not to stop at the police check post and told his driver to run over the policeman if they signalled their vehicle.”
“Belal and his men got prepared and slowed down the microbus when ASI Salauddin signalled them. As Salauddin stood in front of the microbus and asked the driver to come out, they ran the microbus over two policemen as per the direction to avoid arrest,” said Inspector Rajesh.
“We are trying to arrest Jahangir,” he said.
Belal gave confessional statement before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Shafi Uddin, said court sources. The court granted two-day remand for the three in a narcotics case.
ASI Salauddin was killed and a constable was injured that night.
The constable is now undergoing treatment at the hospital. Police filed two cases in this connection.