A Dhaka court has fixed December 28 for the submission of the probe report in connection with last year’s Gulshan terror attack. after the CTTC once again failed to meet the deadline.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Nurun Naher Yeasmin fixed the new date on Wednesday, as the case’s investigating officer, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Inspector Humayun Kabir, failed to submit the report.
This is not the first time that the CTTC has failed to file the investigation report, with the court having extended the submission date 15 times in the past one and half years.
Police filed the case with Gulshan police station under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the five slain militants and several unidentified individuals in connection with the attack.
The July 1 attack on an upscale restaurant, frequented by foreigners, was the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh’s history. Five armed militants stormed the Holy Artisan Bakery and killed 20 people, including 17 foreigners.
Banani police station Officer-in-Charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch Assistant Commissioner Robiul Karim were killed when they tried to rescue the hostages.
Around 40 people were taken hostage; some were released by the militants the next morning. The 12-hour standoff ended after army commandos stormed the cafe and neutralised the terrorists.
Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while the bodies of 20 hostages were recovered from the restaurant.