Abu Siddiqui Sohel alias Sakib, who was arrested on Sunday night in writer and blogger Avijit Roy murder case has said that a total of eight people took part in the killing mission.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Ahsan Habib recorded his confessional statement at his chamber.
According to the court sources, Sohel said a total of eight people took part in the killing operation and four of them murdered Avijit while others assisted the overall operation.
However, he said that he was not directly involved in the act of killing.
Earlier, police arrested him from Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area on Sunday night.
Law enforcers said he is a member of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.
Police had declared a bounty against Sohel.
Muhammad Yousuf Ali, additional deputy commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), confirmed the arrest to reporters on Monday, saying that he was detained on Sunday night.
A team of the specialised unit of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime arrested Sohel from Iqbal Road around 8:00pm last night, said a DMP press release.
ADC Yousuf informed reporters that during primary interrogation, Sohel admitted that he was a part of the assassination of Avijit Roy, as per the orders of sacked army officer Maj Zia.
Sohel is said to be an active member of the banned outfit’s intelligence wing.
Suspected militants hacked to death founder of Mukto-Mona blog Avijit at the Dhaka University campus on February 26, 2015.
His wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya was also injured in the attack.
The Bangladesh-born US citizen had come home with his wife only a few days ago as his two books were published during the Ekushey Book Fair that year.