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Two more men arrested over murder of religious leader

Jalal Uddin was found with a severe head injury in February.

Police investigating the murder of a religious leader in Rochdale have arrested two more men.

Jalal Uddin, 64, was found with a severe head injury in a playground in the town on February 18. He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A 28-year-old man has today been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arranging funds for terrorism.

A third man, aged 21, who had previously been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, is also in custody for further questioning after answering bail.

Six people have now been arrested in connection with the murder of Jalal Uddin.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers by calling 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Man re-arrested for murder of Mosque leader

Jalal Uddin

A 21-year-old man has been re-arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the death of Jalal Uddin in Rochdale.

Shortly before 9pm on Thursday 18 February 2016, police were called by paramedics to a play area at the end of South Street in Wardleworth, Rochdale following reports that a man had been found injured.

Officers attended and found 64-year-old Jalal Uddin with a serious head injury. He was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Jalal died from a head injury.

Detectives investigating the murder executed a warrant on Ramsay Street, Rochdale on Monday 22 February 2016 and arrested a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of murder and seized a Vauxhall Astra.

Both were bailed until 20 April 2016.

However, detectives have since uncovered new evidence, allowing them to re-arrest the 21-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody for questioning.

“This investigation remains a high priority for us and as such significant work is being carried out to ensure we bring those responsible to justice.

“As a result of this excellent work by our officers and detectives, as well as help from the community, new evidence has come to light which has allowed us to once again arrest this 21-year-old man on suspicion of Jalal’s murder.

“I would again like to thank the community for their patience and support whilst we carry out our enquiries.

“Despite this update, however, we are continuing to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the South Street area at the time of the attack and I would urge anybody with information to please contact police.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton, GMP

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Rochdale Council of Mosques urges community to "remain calm"

Jalal Uddin was murdered in Rochdale last night Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Chief Officer for the Rochdale Council of Mosques has made a statement regarding the murder of popular Imam, Jalal Uddin, in Rochdale last night.

Dobir Miah said:

"GMP are working closely with the Rochdale Council of Mosques and we remain in contact with police to offer any assistance to the investigation.

"We would like to urge people to please remain calm and be reassured that everything possible is being done to find out what has happened.

"Nothing has been said that suggests there is an immediate threat to people doing their day to day activities."

– Dobir Miah

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Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk pays tribute to Imam Jalal Uddin

Simon Danczuk Credit: PA

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has paid tribute to Imam Jalal Uddin who died after being found with head injuries in Rochdale.

Describing him as a "pillar of the community" and a leader of the Bangladeshi community, Danczuk said Uddin was a "very gentle man".

Mr Danczuk Said:

"He was a well regarded, peaceful man, a very, very gentle man.

"He was well thought of in his local Mosque and among the Bangladeshi community.

"I've spoken to people today and they're all in shock and really upset.

"I send my condolences to his family."

– Simon Danczuk

Watch: Police at the scene where Imam has died from head injuries

An Imam has died from what police describe as head injuries after being found in a playground in Rochdale.

A Home Office post mortem is due to take place later today to ascertain how exactly Jalal Uddin died.

Calling for calm in the community, Rochdale Council of Mosques also issued an announcement on Facebook.

They said:

“It is really sad to learn of the death of Qari Jalal Uddin Sahib. “We ask everyone to remain calm and let the police complete their investigations. It’s best that we don’t speculate - if you have any information that will help then please contact the police on 101 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

– Rochdale Council of Mosques

Both mosques near the scene remain open and Friday prayers will be held as normal.

They added:

“Please note there is heavy police, forensics on scene. So please listen to instructions/directions given when you arrive. We ask everyone to remain calm, be sensible when in the area and pray for the deceased Qari Jalal Uddin sahib.”

– Rochdale Council of Mosques

Serious Crime officers appealing for information after Imam dies from head injuries

The dead man has been named by locals as Jalal Uddin Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Police have confirmed that a major investigation has been launched after a popular Imam died from head injuries in Rochdale.

Enquiries are ongoing to formally identify the man, but he has been named locally as Jalal Uddin.

A Home Office post mortem is due to take place later today.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick of GMP’s Serious Crime Division said:

“A man has sadly died after being found injured by passing members of the public, and we are now doing all we can to try and identify who he is, so that we can speak with and support this man’s family.

“Our investigation is at an early stage but we are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area near to where he was found in Wardleworth last night, as we work to establish how this man came to suffer his head injury.

“Likewise, if you believe you may know who this man is then please contact us.”

– Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick

Superintendent Rick Jackson said:

“We know local people will be worried when they hear the news of what has happened and we have extra patrols in place to try and reassure the community.

“If you have concerns or believe you may have seen, heard or know anything that can assist this investigation then please approach one of these officers.

“There has been a lot of speculation on social media about what has happened but I would to ask that people allow us to investigate this incident and if you have information then please contact police.”

– Superintendent Rick Jackson

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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