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Remand for 5 Ansarullah men in Ananta murder

34A Sylhet court has granted a seven-day remand to five Ansarullah men,  including Bangladesh-born British citizens Towhidur Rahman and Aminul Mallik, accused in the secular writer and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das killing case.
Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate 2 MM Anwarul Hoque made the remand order on Wednesday noon.
Sylhet airport police station Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Bijoy Das confirmed it and said the court announced the order in reply to a 15-day remand plea filed by the lawsuit’s Investigation Officer (IO) and also CID organised crime inspector Arman Ali.
The IO said the rest three accused are Ariful Islam, Jakirullah and Sadek Alim Mitu.
All the five except Mitu were brought to the court as he was on remand in another case launched against him in the capital.
During the proceeding, police took local newspaper daily Sabuj Sylhet photographer Edris Ali and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology student Mannan Rahi and his brother Mohaimin Noman to the court as well.
Earlier, CID personnel made a shown-arrest appeal of five alleged militants including Towhidur and Mallik in the sensational murder case. They had been arrested from the capital.
On May 12, miscreants hacked to death Ananta in front of his house in Nurani residential area in Sylhet city and the case was registered.
Of the arrested, Mannan Rahi pleaded his guilty in the murder to a local court.
Ananta Bijoy was also a writer in the ‘Mukto-Mona blog’, founded by blogger Avijit Roy – who had been murdered two and a half months ago after he came home from the USA