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Holey Artisan attack: Security beefed up ahead of verdict

  • Published at 06:25 pm November 26th, 2019
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File photo of RAB officials standing in front of Holey Artisan Bakery Dhaka Tribune

The gruesome attack on Holey Artisan Bakery left 22 people dead on July 1, 2016

Law enforcement agencies have taken special security measures at the area around Dhaka court, ahead of the pronouncement of the verdict in the Holey Artisan militant attack case on Wednesday.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General Benazir Ahmed said on Tuesday that tight security measures will be applied from Tuesday night, in order to avert any kind of untoward situation. 

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Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Police Commissioner Mir Rezaul Alam and Krishna Pada Roy visited the Dhaka court area on Tuesday afternoon. 

After the inspection, the deputy commissioner (DC) of police of Lalbagh zone and the DC (prosecution) were directed to deploy more security in the area.  

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Wishing anonymity, some officials said special security measures have been taken to transport the accused from jail to the court.

The gruesome terror attack was carried out at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area on July 1, 2016. The attack left 22 people dead, including 17 foreigners.

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A case was filed with the Gulshan police station under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

After more than two years of investigation, the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) submitted a charge sheet on July 23, 2018. The charge sheet named eight suspected operatives of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

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On November 26, 2018, the tribunal framed charges against the eight.

The accused include Rashedul Islam alias Rash, one of the planners, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, recruiter of the attackers, Sohel Mahfuz, supplier of grenades, Rakibul Hasan Regan, a so-called religious trainer, and Hadisur Rahman Sagar, suppliers of arms. The other accused are Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan, Shariful Islam Khaled, and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.

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