Police arrested a youth associated with the killing of local journalist Hasibur Rahman Rubel from Rajarhat intersection area of Kushtia town on Wednesday night.
The arrestee is Imran Sheikh Emon, 32, son of Shamsul Alam Samu of Courtpara area of the town.
Emon used to be a leader of Kushtia town Jubo League’s (JL) past convening committee. He has four cases of arms, drugs, theft and fighting pending against him.
He was also arrested with arms and phensedyl by Rab previously.
Md Khairul Alam, Kushtia’s Superintendent of Police (SP), confirmed these matters at a press briefing at the SP’s office on Friday afternoon.
“Emon is directly involved in the killing of journalist Rubel. Besides, Kazi Sohan and Khondker Ashikur Rahman Jewel, who have been previously arrested by Rab, are also involved in the killing,” said Khairul.
The SP asserted that Rubel wasn’t killed for doing journalism. He added that police will present Emon before the court and ask for a 10-day remand.
Rubel was working at his office around 9:00pm on July 3 and went to the Singer intersection area of Kushtia town upon receiving a phone call. His decomposed body was found by Pabna river police under Joduboyra bridge in Kushtia’s Kumarkhali upazila four days later.
Rubel’s uncle Mizanur Rahman filed a case with Kumarkhali police station in this regard the next day, based on which the arrests were made.
Hasibur Rahman Rubel was the Editor(Acting) of local daily ‘Kushtiar Khabar’ and the Kushtia Correspondent of national daily ‘Amader Notun Shomoy’. He was also the General Secretary of Kushtia Reporters’ Club.