When asked about this, Haji Salim told Prothom Alo that he did not know the gunman of the published photo. However, most of the people of Rahmatganj have recognized him. Many do not know his name. Locals often saw him riding in Haji Selim’s jeep. On the day of strike on January 26, he roamed around the area.
On January 31, Home Minister Major (Retd.) Rafiqul Islam said in response to an opposition member’s question in Parliament that the police have been immediately ordered to arrest the illegal weapon holder whose picture was printed in the newspaper. But even after 18 days after the Home Minister ordered, this gunman was not arrested, the weapon was not recovered.
Surprisingly, senior police officers say that no written order has been received to arrest the gunman.
According to the report given by the city special branch of the police to the higher authorities about this gunman, the gunman used to participate in anti-hartal marches on behalf of BNP in the past. Now he took part in the procession on behalf of the government. They have no political ideology. They can create danger for the government at any time.
On April 18 of the same year, Interior Minister Mohammad Nasim said while talking to reporters that the person chasing the opposition party’s procession on the street with a nine-shooter shotgun in hand has been identified. Police have already searched the possible places to arrest the gunman.