ATTACK ON ENVOY’S VEHICLE

US seeks probe, action against perpetrators

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:56, Aug 07,2018 | Updated: 01:26, Aug 07,2018

 
 

The United States has sought from the Bangladesh government a thorough investigation into the attack on official vehicle of its ambassador in Dhaka and bringing perpetrators to justice.
The US expressed its concern about the attack and asked the Bangladesh government for ensuring security of the ambassador.
The US embassy in Dhaka made the requests in a diplomatic note to the foreign ministry on Sunday, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
The embassy said, in a note to Dhaka Metropolitan Police, that an official vehicle from the US embassy in Dhaka, which was
transporting ambassador Mercia Bernicat, was attacked by a group of armed adult men, some on motorcycles, in the Mohammadpur area of Dhaka on Saturday.
Ambassador Bernicat also called on foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at his residence on Monday afternoon.
The meeting took place at the request of the foreign ministry, officials said adding that they discussed the attacks on the ambassador’s convoy.
State minister M Shahriar Alam and foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque were also present at the meeting that lasted for more than an hour.
Nearly 30 unidentified miscreants attacked the vehicle of Bernicat who was about to leave the residence of Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of civil society advocacy group Shusashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) about 11:00pm on Saturday. She was at Majumder’s Iqbal Road residence for attending a courtesy dinner arranged in her honour.
A section of the ambassador’s security team was able to collect identity of two persons of the group, Ishtiaque Mahmud and Firoz Ahmed, who shouted during the attack claiming that Majumder was involved in anti-government activities, officials said with reference to the note to the DMP on Monday.
Police and embassy security stuff hurriedly escorted the ambassador to the vehicle sensing presence of the miscreants.
Miscreants punched two of the security men who were trying to obstruct them from reaching the ambassador and
the vehicles of her motorcade.
The embassy also informed the foreign ministry, in the note verbale, that the ambassador and her security team departed the area unharmed.
Miscreants, however, hit with sticks two vehicles when the convoy was departing from the place.
There were no injuries to the ambassador, her drivers, security staff, the embassy said adding that two security vehicles sustained some damage.
No regular case was filed with the police and nobody was arrested on allegation of involvement in the incident, sub-inspector Mohammad Bulbul Ahmed, an operations official at the Mohammad Police Station, told New Age over phone on Monday evening.
Police was investigating the matter, Bulbul Ahmed added, as Majumder filed a general diary about the incident.
When asked about allegation of his involvement in anti-government activities, Majumder told New Age on Monday night that police ‘have got the names and can easily find them out. I believe they [police] will do that.’ 

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