Dinajpur: The seven individuals who were found dead following Operation Hitback by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police at a house in Nasirpur of Moulvibazar, belonged to the same family from Ghoraghat in Dinajpur, reports UNB.
The seven were identified as Lokman Ali, the alleged militant, his wife Shirina Akter, and their children- Amena Khatun, 12, Sumaiya Akter, 9, Fatema, 5, Mariam, 3, and six-month-old daughter Khatiza.
Lokman Ali hailed from Dangapara village in Gharaghat upazila of Dinajpur, and married Shirina, daughter of Abu Bakar Siddique of Kalabari village, in 2002.
Family sources said the couple got embroiled in militancy some time after the birth of their first two daughters. Though other family members tried their best to turn them back from the path of militancy, it was to no avail, they said.
After the pronounced period of virtually no contact, family members said Lokman called them on March 29, the day before their bodies were recovered from inside the apartment they lived in.
Lokman in fact cut off all ties with his family four years back, and moved to Dhaka finding work at a garment manufacturer.
The call was placed presumably while the CTTC’s operation was on, and Lokman apparently said, “This is the last time we’ll talk”. He however did not disclose his whereabouts.
Nurul Islam, father of Lokman, has taken ill since hearing the news of his son’d death, and has not indicated any willingness to receive the bodies, said Israil Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ghoraghat Police Station.
Lokman was wanted in separate cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act and they had information about Lokman’s involvement in militancy, said the OC.
On March 30, the CTTC unit found limbs of seven bodies, scattered across the Nasirpur apartment that was the target of Operation Hitback, in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila.
Police suspect all of them were killed in suicide blasts on Wednesday, the day Lokman called home for the last time.