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1 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 July, 2018 12:53:56 AM
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2 years of Gulshan cafe attack

No charge sheet as of yet

Saugato Bosu
No charge sheet as of yet

Almost two years have passed since the Holey Artisan Bakery terror attack in Dhaka, but investigators were yet to submit a charge sheet against the perpetrators. “A charge sheet against 21 people involved in this case will be submitted soon,” Monirul Islam, head of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), told reporters yesterday. Monirul, however, didn’t specify a particular date for doing so.

The CTTC chief informed that 13 militants among the 21 people involved were killed during different encounters with law enforcers.

“We have collected adequate evidence against the remaining eight. While six are in jail, two are absconding,” he added. He, however, refused to identify the suspects.

On his part, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said, “Experts from the counter terrorism unit of police have been investigating the case. The investigation is now in the final stages. We expect to file the charge sheet within a week or 10 days.”

The attack plans of the militants, arms dealers, social media posts and other issues, including spreading news on international media, will be mentioned in the charge sheet, the commissioner added.

Explaining the reason for the long-running investigation, Mia said they wanted to make it fool-proof and deny any scope to the defendants’ lawyers to raise questions. He added that only evidence mattered in the court of law. “For this reason, we have investigated the case very seriously,” he said.

The earlier date of submitting the charge sheet was June 25, but CTTC failed to do so. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin then fixed July 26 for the submission of the chargesheet.

Following the brutal attack on the night of July 1, 2016, CTTC was formed to crack down on militants. This unit has carried out 60 anti-militant operations across the country so far.

Two police officers were also shot dead by the militants on the fateful night of July 1, 2016, while five militants and one cafe staff were killed during an army operation that brought an end to the cafe siege the following day.

CTTC sources said a total number of 21 militants were to be mentioned in the charge sheet. All of them were involved in militancy and planned to attack others by involving them. What role they played to take part in the attack from starting to end would also be mentioned in the charge sheet.

Officials said that among the 21 perpetrators, five militants died directly in the Artisan attack. They were Rohan Imtiaz, Nibras Islam, Mir Shami Mobasar, Khairul Islam Payel and Shafiqul Islam Ujjal.

Among those who involved in the Gulshan attack and others who had played an important role in different stages were Sarowar Jahan Manik, Tanvir Kaderi, (Ret) Major Zahidul Islam, Nurul Islam Marjan, Basharuzzaman. Mizanur Rahman alias Chota Mizan and Abu Raihan Tarek.

Among them, Abu Raihan Tarek was killed in an operation at Kalyanpur. On September 2, 2016, Major (retd) Zahidul Islam was killed in Rupnagar operation at Mirpur. On September 10, Tanvir Kaderi was killed in Azimpur operation. On 8 October, Sarowar Jahan Manik was killed in Ashulia. Last year on January 5, Nurul Islam Marjan was killed in Mohammadpur during an operation by CTTC and on 26 April, Basharuzzaman. Mizanur Rahman alias Chota Mizan were killed in Shibganj of Chapainawabganj.

Investigating officials said that the accused who were killed in various operations in the Gulshan attack were exempted from ther case, but their role in the attack would be mentioned.

The CTTC Unit of the DMP is investigating the case. So far, six people have been arrested in this case. JMB activist Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, Jahangir Alam alias Rajiv Gandhi, Shohel Mahafuz, Rashedul Islam Hasidur Rahman and Rakibul Hasan. The earlier date of submitting the charge-sheet was June 25, but CTTC failed to do so. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin then fixed July 26 for the submission of the charge-sheet.

Hasnat Karim, a former teacher of North South University, who was also arrested in the connection with the case is now in prison.

On July 7 last year, suspected Islamic extremists attacked an Eid congregation at Sholakia in Kishoreganj. The extremists had come equipped with guns, crude bombs and machetes. Two policemen, a woman, and a suspected terrorist were killed during the attack.

After the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks, the government adopted various initiatives because the café attackers were from the affluent class and studied in noted private universities in the country.

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