4 policemen testify in Holey Artisan attack case

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published at 03:47pm on May 20, 2019

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Police guarding Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka after 2016 terror attack. — New Age file photo

Four policemen who rushed to the scene with their colleagues as extremists lay seize to upscale Holey Artisan Cafe‚ in capital’s Gulshan area on July 1, 2016, testified before an anti-terror special court in Dhaka on Monday, in the case lodged under the anti-terror act over that incident.

The four policemen are former inspector (investigation) Wahiduzzaman, sub-inspector of Bhatara police station Faruk Hossain, assistant sub-inspector Sohagh Hossain and constable Pradip Chandra Das.

Of the four, Wahiduzzaman and Faruk got seriously injured in the grenade blasted by the extremists on that day.

They submitted their depositions before Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal and were cross examined hereafter. The court after that set May 27 as the next date of hearing.

A total of 40 witnesses out of total 211 have so far testified in the case.

Extremists killed 20 innocent people, most of them foreigners, in the grisly attack in 2016. Two police officials valiantly laid down their lives while trying to save the hostages. Later, five militants were killed in a commando operation.

Police filed the case under the anti-terror act with Gulshan Police Station.

The trial initiated on November 26, 2018 by framing charges against the eight accused – Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Shariful Islam and Mamunur Rashid.