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USAID staffer and a former assistant protocol officer at the US embassy Xulhaz and theatre activist Tonoy were hacked to death on Apr 25 by unidentified assailants who had entered their Kalabagan home in Dhaka posing as couriers.
Xulhaz was also an editor of Bangladesh's first gay-rights advocating magazine, ‘Roopban’, and a cousin of former foreign minister Dipu Moni.
Metropolitan Magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin gave the order allowing the CID to examine the evidence on Apr 28. But it was known only on Monday.
Court police’s General Recording Officer Md Shahid told bdnews24.com that Kalabagan Police Station’s Inspector KM Ashrafuddin and SI Ansar Ali had moved the court seeking permission to examine the evidence related to the murder and recovery of the weapons respectively.
Accordingly, the court gave the go-ahead.
The body of evidence includes the two cartons the assailants took to the house posing as couriers and the materials, including a pistol and machetes, found inside the bag that was snatched from one of the fleeing attackers by a policeman.
While the AQIS (Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) has claimed responsibility for the murders, the Bangladesh government has refused to buy their claim.
The US has pledged support to the probe. Speaking to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over phone on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry sought the arrest of those involved in the crime.