Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested six leaders and activists of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s student wing, Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal, in connection with November 14 clashes between the police and BNP men in front of BNP Nayapaltan office that left scores, including cops, injured and two police vehicles torched.
The Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit chief Monirul Isalm, in a press conference at DMP media centre, said they arrested the six during drives at Shutrapur in Dhaka on Monday evening.
The arrestees are BNP standing committee member MIrza Abbas’ follower and ward no 11 JCD president candidate Md HK Hossain Ali, Shajahanpur thana JCD general secretary Shohag Bhuiyan, JCD central committee member Md Abbas Ali, Dhaka city north JCD joint-general secretary Md Ashraful Isam Rabin, Jagannath University JCD joint secretary Jakir Hossain Ujjal and Titumir College JCD vice-president Mahabubul Alam, he said. He said that Hossain Ali was the youth who was seen jumping on a police car wearing a helmet before setting it on fire.
The CTTC chief said that they arrested the six after reviewing video footage and photographs which they managed to collect following the ‘attack’ on police.
He claimed that the BNP activists had committed the attack on police on order from the party leaders to reap political benefits.
‘They thought that the police would go in action and they would take political advance by garnering sympathy from different quarters by showing footages and photographs of police action on their leaders and activists,’ he said.
He claimed that they extracted information beforehand that some leaders had been conniving with the support from their activists to attack on police so that none can detect them. ‘Besides, sticks were amassed there before committing the attacks on police,’ he added.
Monirul, however, claimed that they were in the process of identifying and arresting the youth whose photo went viral on social media showing him in the act of setting fire to a police car with a burning matchstick.
The Metropolitan Police’s Matijheel Zone assistant commissioner Mishu Bishwas, however, on November 15 evening, told New Age that the youth was Paltan thana JCD convening committee member Shahjalal Khondoker.
The CTTC chief, referring to the arrest of the helmet wearing youth, said that none would be able to escape the course of the law after committing any criminal act even if there was a ploy to conceal identity.
Responding to a question whether the helmet wearing attackers on journalists at Dhanmondi during the nationwide agitation by school- and college-going students in early August were detected and arrested, he said that the cases were now under investigation and the process was on going.
On Tuesday afternoon, the detectives produced the six before the court of metropolitan magistrate Debbrata Shikder, seeking a 10-day remand for interrogation in police custody and the court allowed a five-day remand for them, New Age court correspondent, quoting Paltan general recording officer Jalal Uddin, reported.
After the November 24 clashes, the police lodged three cases accusing 488 BNP leaders and activists, including the party standing committee member Mirza Abbas, senior joint-secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, vice-chairman Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman, BNP chairperson’s advisor Kafil Uddin, assistant office secretary Belal Ahmed, executive committee member Aminul Islam, and Abbas’ wife and Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal president Afroza Abbas.
With the six, a total of 78 accused were arrested so far in the cases.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Country