Bangladesh to try Gulshan Kumar killer for security threat

Updated on May 30, 2009 07:20 PM IST

Bollywood audio king Gulshan Kumar's murderer, who fled to Bangladesh from India, will be tried for posing a security threat to this country, even as police today claimed that he came here to "expand Dawood Ibrahim's network".

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PTI | By, Dhaka

Bollywood audio king Gulshan Kumar's murderer, who fled to Bangladesh from India, will be tried for posing a security threat to this country, even as police today claimed that he came here to "expand Dawood Ibrahim's network".

Abdur Rauf alias Dawood Merchant, a professional sharpshooter was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 for killing Kumar. He escaped during a furlough from jail.

A Bangladesh court today placed him and his associate Indian national Zahid Sheikh to be remanded in custody for eight days.

Police had asked 10 days for interrogation, three days after their detention along with a Bangladeshi from Brahmanbaria on an intelligence tip off. The court order came as police said Ibrahim sent them to Bangladesh to carryout subversive activities.

"Dawood Merchant and Zahid Sheikh were sent to Bangladesh apparently to expand Ibrahim's underworld network here," Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haque earlier told a crowded press conference at the Detective Branch (DB) office.

Merchant, convicted in the 1997 murder of Indian music baron Gulshan Kumar, and Sheikh would be tried in Bangladesh for intrusion and obtaining passports and National ID cards hiding their identities.

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