Kalyanpur extremists buried unidentified

Staff Correspondent

The bodies of nine extremists, who got killed during a raid by Dhaka Metropolitan Police on July 26 at Kalyanpur in the capital, were buried as unidentified on Wednesday by charity organisation Anjuman-e-Mufidul Islam.
Eight of the killed were identified by law enforcers.
Police said that their DNAs were collected earlier and the bodies, which were kept in Dhaka Medical College mortuary for over two months, were handed over to the Anjuman as none of their families were willing to receive the bodies.
The DMP officials said they had decided to hand over the bodies after consultation with jurists.
‘We have not been officially communicated by any of the families over the corpse… DNAs were collected for future identification,’ said DMP’s deputy commissioner (media and public relations) Masudur Rahman.
On Wednesday morning, in the presence of inspector Jahangir Alam the bodies were handed over to the duty officer Mustafa Kamal of Anjuman-e-Mufidul Islam.
Although, the law enforcing agencies had identified eight out nine suspected militants, the bodies were buried as unidentified at the Jurain graveyard after a small namaz-e-janaza, said Musfata Kamal.
The eight suspected militants were identified as Taz Ul Hoque Rashik of Dhanmondi, Akifuzzaman Khan of Gulshan, Sezad Rouf Arko of Bashundhara residential area in the capital, Abdullah of Dinajpur, Abu Hakim Nayeem of Tangail, Motiur Rahman of Sathkhira, Jobayer Hossain of Noakhali and Rayhan Kabir alias Tarek alias Faruk of Rangpur.
Of them, Sezad Rouf Arko was holding US citizenship and was student of North South University.
Arko’s name was in the updated missing list released by the Rapid Action Battalion on July 25. According to the list, he was missing since February 3 this year.
The home ministry officials said the family of US citizen had appealed to their embassy in Dhaka to bring back the body. Comment from US embassy was not available immediately over the plea.
The home ministry officials said they had requested police agency concerned to verify the identity of the US citizen and take measure in this regard within three working days.
The DMP officials said the body of Arko had been buried before the request reached the authorities on Wednesday.
Nine militants were killed in a highly lauded raid in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur on July 26 that followed two major terrorist attacks – the Gulshan restaurant attack and Sholakia attack.
Like after the Gulshan attack on July 1, the bodies were left abandoned at the mortuary.
Earlier, Anjuman-e-Mufidul buried six bodies of Gulshan attackers and the chef on September 22 at Jurain graveyard.

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