Missing Bangladesh MP found dead in West Bengal; probe launched

Thursday, 23 May, 2024
Three persons have been arrested in connection with the case. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Dhaka: Anwarul Azim Anar, an MP from Bangladesh's ruling Awami League, has been found dead in Kolkata after he went missing on May 13. Azim, who entered India on May 12, had gone missing from Kolkata, West Bengal, since May 18, following which a high-level search operation was launched to find him.

He was last seen on the afternoon of May 13 when he went with friends to a home in Bidhannagar near Kolkata for a medical check-up. According to media reports, messages have been exchanged from Azim's phone with his family in Dhaka, indicating his intended journey to Delhi.

Indian authorities have launched a joint investigation into the killing of the MP whose family members are also set to arrive in Kolkata for further formalities. According to an IndiaTV report, several blood stains were found in the New Town building where Azim was believed to have been murdered.

While a forensic investigation is currently underway, police suspect that he was murdered and his body was dumped in the area. Three persons have been arrested so far in connection with the case. Addressing a news conference in Dhaka, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said: "So far, we have come to know that all the killers involved are Bangladeshis. It was a planned murder".

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