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Bank burglary: Siraj sent to jail

Update : 22 Feb 2014, 09:38 AM

A Kishoreganj court has ordered to send Sirajuddin, one of the masterminds behind Sonali Bank burglary in Kishoreganj, to jail.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Razibul Hasan has passed the order on Saturday afternoon after he has been produced before the court seeking 10-day remand.

The court has also fixed February 24 on hearing of his remand plea.

Earlier in the morning, Elite force Rapid Action Battalion arrested Sirajuddin from Bhairab Railway Station, a month after over Tk16 crore was looted from the branch, Bhairab RAB 9 Assistant Superintendent Manjur Rahman said.

Sirajuddin is the uncle in-law of Habibur Rashid, alias Sohel Rana, who had plotted the daring haul and managed all the accessories for the heist. RAB says he hails from Char Pumdi village under Hossainpur upazila of Kishoreganj.

Detained Sohel Rana said he owed Tk5 lakh to Siraj. Unable to produce the money, Siraj plotted the haul and taught Sohel how to tunnel into the bank.

Officials discovered the bank heist on January 26 and found over Tk16 crore missing from its vault. Two days later Sohel Rana and his affiliate Motahar were held from Dhaka with most of the stolen money.

Later, the remaining Tk2.5 lakh was found when Sohel's wife Maliha Akhtar from the capital.

The two robbers named several employees of the Sonali Bank who said to have aided in the heist.

On February 3, the High Court ordered the investigation of the burglary case to be transferred to RAB in response to a petition fearing police failure.

Nearly three weeks after the order, elite force RAB has managed to arrest another mastermind – the plotter – of the Sonali Bank burglary case.

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