Dhaka’s senior judicial magistrate on Monday remanded four suspected extremists of banned extremist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh for four days in police custody after they had ‘surrendered’ to Rapid Action Battalion at Ashulia on Sunday.
The magistrate, Fairuz Tasmin, passed the order in reply to an application moved by the battalion in a case filed with Savar police following the capture of three extremist suspects — Tamim Dari, Kamrul Hasan and Md Mostofa Majumdar — in April.
Dhaka’s additional public prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul said the extremists had no prosecutor to defend them and the magistrate passed the order allowing the battalion to quiz Mozammel Hoque, Rashedunnabi, Irfanul Islam and Alamgir Hossain.
New Age court correspondent reported that RAB assistant director Anu Mong, also the investigation officer, in the remand application stated that they needed to quiz them to find out their plan and other extremist who were involve with them.
RAB-4 commanding officer Khandakar Lutful Kabir said they were interrogating them.
Of the four, family of Rashedunnabi alleged that he along with two others was picked by RAB and Detective Branch from a mess at Sutrapur in the Borga district headquarters in the night of May 2.
His brother Raihan Islam told New Age that he had filed a general diary with the Bogra Police Station the following day and had approached different authorities to find them out.
One of the witnesses told New Age that Rashedunnabi and two others rented a room of the facility and got into their room on May 2.
‘They spent whole day and after 2:00am [the following day] a group of plainclothes men introducing them as RAB personnel knocked at our door and wanted to know about Rashedunnabi,’ the witness said.
‘I let them into the room and later the RAB officials locked our doors from outside,’ the person said, adding, ‘We heard scream from the room of Rashedunnabi but could not see what happened to them. They were taken by the RAB personnel.’
‘We were locked until a security guard of the area came and opened the door,’ said the witness.
In the morning of May 3, Bogra district police visited the mess and collected some books from the room of the Rashedunnabi.
‘We were asked to visit the police station and we described what happened to us that night,’ the witness said.
Md Rashedunnabi, 21, son of Rezaul Karim of village Udakhali under Fulcory in Gaibandha, is a second year student of diploma in laboratory medicine of Saic Institute of Medical Technology in Bogra.
The institute’s principal, Esha Rezwana, told media in May said she heard the news of Rashed’s going missing from his parents and left the college after appearing in the first year exam in January.
Bogra police officer-in-charge Amzad Hossain told New Age they were investigating the missing complaint and identified Rashedunnabi from the drive in Ashulia.
It was not clear if the two others picked with Rashedunnabi were also found with him in the drive at Ashulia as the Borga police said that the GD had only the name of Rashedunnabi.
RAB-4 commanding officer Lutful Kabir said he did not know the incident. ‘I will look the matter.’
On Sunday, after a 11-hour of ‘operation,’ the battalion claimed four youths — Mozammel Hoque, Rashedunnabi, Irfanul Islam and Alamgir Hossain —surrendered to them and branded them as members of Tamim-Sarwar faction of banned extremist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The Islamic State-inspired faction is also branded by other units of police as ‘neo-JMB’ which was led by Bangladeshi-Canadian Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, who was killed in a joint operation in Naraynaganj on August 27, 2016, along with two of his followers.
No other police agencies including Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime, and Police Bureau of Investigation were allowed to enter the crime scene.
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