Wednesday, February 09, 2005

BANGLADESH:Habiganj blast - AL leader held, big business house highups questioned

+ Zahidur Rahman, general secretary of Laskarpur union Awami League, was arrested yesterday. However, no official of the investigation agencies could not be contacted for confirmation of his detention. +


Habiganj blast: AL leader held, big business house highups questioned
By Our Correspondent, from Habiganj

A local Awami League has been detained as suspect in connection with grenade attack on the public meeting of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria at Boidder Bazar of the district on January 27 last.

Zahidur Rahman, general secretary of Laskarpur union Awami League, was arrested yesterday. However, no official of the investigation agencies could not be contacted for confirmation of his detention.

Interrogation of five persons arrested earlier as suspects continues under strict security and secretive measures.

Two-day of the eight-day remand of AKM Abdul Qayyum, president of the central committee of Shaheed Zia Smrity and Gobeshana Parishad and vice-president of the Habiganj district BNP, who was arrested in Dhaka on February 5 have been passed.

It is learnt that the officials of the investigation agencies have questioning several high-ups of a big business house in Dhaka.

Three-day of the seven-day remand of Joynal Abedin Momin, leader of Laskarpur union unit of Shaheed Zia Smrity and Gobeshana Parishad and Md Jamir Ali, president of the Laskarpur union BNP, passed yesterday.

On the other hand, six-day of the eight-day remand of Joynal Abedin Jalal, a quack of village Abdabokai and Shah Alam of village Sughar passed yesterday.

None could be arrested in two separate cases filed in connection with the killing of five persons, including former finance minister SAMS Kibria and under the Explosive Act.

As no expected progress has been achieved so far into the investigation of these two case, the complainant of both the cases, Habiganj district Awami League organising secretary Advocate Abdul Mazid Khan, said though two cases were filed in connection with the same incident, the killing case is being investigated by CID's Senior ASP Munshi Atiqur Rahman and explosive case is being probed by Habiganj thana OC Shafiuzzaman.

"Since the date, time and substance of both the case are same, it is desirable that the responsibility of the investigation should be given to a single agency," he said.

One of the sources said since most of the suspects, arrested after the January 27 incident, have given confused information under interrogation, the investigative agencies' officials are proceeding very carefully. As a result, no significant progress was achieved during the last 13 days of investigation. During the last several days, officials of the investigation agencies have been maintaining strict secrecy. Interrogation of the arrested suspects is being carried out very secretly under remand.

Relatives of the arrested suspects alleged that the remand orders were being applied instead of producing them before the court. Even, the whereabouts of the arrested suspects remain a mystery.

Among the injured in grenade attacks, 27 are now undergoing treatment at Habiganj Sadar Modern Hospital, nine at different hospitals and clinics in Dhaka, and one in Kolkata of India.

In protest against the grenade attack at Boidder Bazar, an organisation called, 'Amra Muktijoddhar Santan' held a protest rally at the 'Durjoy Habiganj' memorial premises yesterday.