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Charge sheet against 21 in Gulshan attack case soon: CTTC chief

1 July 2018, 12:51:00

The charge sheet against 21 people will be submitted soon in a case filed over the attack in Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan in July 2016, said the chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Monirul Islam on Saturday.

Talking to the reporters at his office on Saturday, the CTTC chief said a total of 13 militants among the 21 people were killed during different gunfights with law enforcers.

The remark of the CTTC unit chief came just a day ahead of the 2nd anniversary of the deadliest militant attack in Bangladesh's history. The nation will recall the café attack, in solemn remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sunday.

On the evening of July 1, 2016, five militants entered the Café with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took several dozen people hostages, including 18 foreigners.

Twenty hostages – nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladesh-born American and two Bangladeshis – were killed by the militants inside the café. Besides, two senior police officers – Banani Police Station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to gain control of the bakery.

Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued from the restaurant after a successful operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army the following morning (July 2).

Five militants and one restaurant staff were killed and one suspected militant was arrested during the drive.

Monirul Islam, who is also Additional Commissioner of the DMP said eight militants, among the 21charge sheet accused, are alive. Of them, six have been languishing in jail while the remaining two are on the run, he said.

However, he did not mention the names and identifications of the suspects.

About motive behind the attack, the CTTC unit chief said the militants’ main motive was to fall of the present government. The militants thought that the country will turn into a ‘fail state’ if the government fall, he added.

During investigation, the investigators have found that a group of the banned Islamic outfit JMB, who are believes to implement sariah law through so called jihad in the country.

They first involved with some killings in north Bengal area and then killed a police man in Dhaka as well as resorted attack in Hussaini Dalan of Old Dhaka. Later, the group members emerged as the New JMB members, and resorted attack on the Gulshan Holey Artisan and Cafe, Monirul Islam said.

The militants had a plan to attack on such a restaurant where foreigners will be available. They chose the Holey Artisan café for getting world media coverage, he said.

Replying to a question, the CTTC unit chief said the investigators are yet to get any involvement of any political party in the café attack as the law enforcement agencies failed to arrest top Neo JMB leader Tamim Chowdhury. “But some of the killed militants might be involved in religious based political parties,” he said. Source: unb.



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