ASM Shahed, OC of Dhaka district DB police (north), thinks that militant outfit Ansar al-Islam (formerly Ansarullah Bangla Team) was behind the attack, though international terrorist group Islamic State took the credit. According to police, a new faction of outlawed militant group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has affiliations with the IS group.
But the police after initial investigation claimed that the main JMB members had carried out the attack.
Around 8am on that day, three youths on a motorcycle hacked constable Mukul Hossain and injured his colleague constable Nur-e-Alam at Baraipara police check post near Nandan Park on Nabinagar-Chandra highway. Mukul ran towards a restaurant near the spot to save his life, but the attackers chased him and left him critically injured before leaving the place firing blank shots.
Three other police members of the check post fled the scene to save their lives. Later Sub-Inspector Habibur Rahman of Ashulia police was suspended for not being present at the check post.
Though the incident seemed to be spontaneous, which means the criminals started hacking the police to evade arrest, the home minister and senior police officials claimed that it had been a preplanned attack – perpetrated with an aim to destabilising the country.
It occurred only four days after publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan was hacked to death in Dhaka and two weeks after ASI Ibrahim Molla was stabbed to death in a similar fashion at a check post in the capital’s Darussalam area of Gabtoli.
“Many days have passed … I cannot clearly remember the last update of the investigation. We hope to submit a progress report in the case to the court next month,” Shahed told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Asked if they had arrested anyone in connection with the attack, the OC said that a militant named Masud Rana, who has confessed his involvement in the Darussalam attack, had been shown arrested in Mukul murder cases.
“We are searching for the other attackers and the mastermind behind the murder,” he said.
Three JMB leaders including its military commander Al-Bani alias Hozza Bhai alias Member Bhai alias Shahadat alias Mahfuz were killed in gunfights with the DB police within two months of the Ashulia attack. The two others were JMB’s Dhaka north military wing commander Abdullah Al Noman alias Abdullah and second-in-command of JMB’s central military wing Kamal alias Hiron.
DB police then claimed that the trio had been part of a team responsible for the attacks on two check posts and a gathering of Shia Muslims at Hussaini Dalan in Dhaka on October 24 last year.
Police pressed charges in Ibrahim Molla murder case on June 27 this year while the probe into the Hussaini Dalan attack has remained stuck as the Home Ministry is yet to approve the charge sheet in the case.