Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a prominent member of a mosque in Greater Manchester.
64-year-old Jalal Uddin was discovered with devastating injuries in a play area within Rochdale on 18 February. He was rushed to hospital but died shortly after. A post mortem examination revealed that he died from a head injury.
A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested at a property in Rochdale and both remain in custody for questioning. Police have also seized a Vauxhall Astra that is believed to be connected with the murder.
A 31-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday 19 February, has been released without charge. It is understood that Mr. Uddin was a qari or Koran reader at the Jalalia Jaamé Mosque. He is believed to have been on his way home from a friend’s house between 8.40pm and 8.55pm when the attack occurred.
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Compton of Greater Manchester Police has stated, “We are still working to establish the exact circumstances surrounding how Jalal came to suffer his injuries and we are keeping an open mind as to the motivation behind this attack. We have got two people in custody and I hope these arrests, along with the police activity on Ramsey Street today will reassure the public of just how serious we are taking this investigation”.
Mr. Compton also added “Understandably news of this attack has caused concern in the local area and we have extra patrols in place to try and reassure the community”.
Jalal’s son has recently paid homage to him, he said, “Jalal Uddin was a loved and integral part of the community. He was a soft-spoken, gentle soul who wouldn’t hesitate to help those in need. He was a simple man, but respected by all for his kind and caring nature. He was a selfless man of principle, who always strived to do the right thing”.
Jalal’s son continued, “For the community, it is a great loss to such a soul. With his extensive knowledge of Islam and his ability to share this knowledge, he captured the hearts of the old and young, truly making a difference in people’s lives. As the main provider for his family in Bangladesh, he dedicated his life to ensure his family’s wellbeing, and we thank everyone for their support and condolences at this difficult time. He was loving father, husband and grandfather”.