Killing of land trader Ekhlas: Mastermind among 5 arrested

The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police has arrested five people, including the ‘mastermind’ of the killing Monir Hossain alias “Leather Monir”, for the murder of land trader Ekhlas.

Police recovered the body of Ekhlas inside a sack on the Beribadh of the capital’s Kamrangirchar on the morning of June 30, two days after he allegedly went missing. On July 1, the victim’s brother filed a general diary with Hazaribagh Police Station.

Following the murder, the DB arrested the accused from different areas in the last two days, DB chief Muhammad Harun Or Rashid told reporters at a press briefing at the DMP media centre today.

Monir Hossain, who once worked as a daily wage labourer, is now the owner of four tanneries and has amassed a huge fortune. He is also a land grabber and broker, said the DB chief.

The DB said that Monir killed Ekhlas because he could not buy the latter’s land forcibly.

The four other arrestees are Monir’s manager Jhantu Molla, Abdur Rahman alias Rahman Kallu, a killer hired by Monir, Md Eshak, a coordinator in the murder plot, and Faisal, another killer hired by Monir.

The DB said that Monir had been trying to acquire Ekhlas’s land for some time. When Ekhlas refused to sell, Monir decided to kill him.

Monir hired two killers for Tk 20 lakh to kill Ekhlas. The killers were given an advance of Tk 11 lakh. The murder was carried out on the night before Eid-ul-Azha, the DB official said.

Monir fled to Kolkata and his manager Jhantu Molla left for Thailand after the murder. Due to tannery business-related matters, they had to come back to the country. Jhantu was arrested from the airport area while Monir was arrested in Benapole, according to DB.

The DB said Monir, also known as Company Monir, is a well-known figure in the Hazaribagh area of Dhaka.

He has been involved in several criminal cases in the past including murder and land grabbing. He was previously arrested in 2002 and 2015, but was released due to money and political influence.

Monir My News Bangladeshted working in a tannery factory in the 1980s. Under the patronage of Imon, a top terrorist of that time, Monir My News Bangladeshted buying and selling raw leather. He also became involved in land acquisition and land brokerage.

He eventually became the owner of several tanneries and amassed a huge fortune, according to DB.

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