Locals of Sonalipara in Jhenaidah town have claimed that Nibras Islam, one of the terrorists who carried out the Gulshan attack, had been living there since March under a false identity.
There are also claims that police have searched the rooms he occupied, detained the landlord and the local Imam who introduced him there, but police have denied any knowledge of all this.
Bilkis Nahar, the wife of Sgt (retd) Kawsar Ali who runs a men's hostel at his home on Nazrul Islam Road, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that Nibras, who called himself Sayeed, had been a tenant there since March.
He and another young man named Mostafa were recommended by Rokanuzzaman, the Imam of the neighbourhood mosque. Soon afterward they were joined by six other men.
Bilkis said police and RAB officials came to the house and searched all rooms on the night before Eid and seized some laptops, pen drives, hard disks and mobile phones.
They had brought Imam Rokanuzzaman and member of the mosque committee Sabbir Ahmed Rob with them.
Nibras and the others gradually left the mess starting June 28, she said.
Nibras and the other tenants would frequently travel on motorcycles and often stay out till midnight, locals said.
The local mosque committee Chairman Sharafat Hossain said he had not seen Nibras or any of the tenants at the mosque. He said Rokanuzzaman was a student of Kushtia Islamic University and was appointed as Imam a year ago.
Jhenaidah Sadar Circle's Assistant Superintendent of Police Gopinath Kanjilal said he knew nothing about this matter.
Family says Nibras had been missing since February.
He studied at Turkish Hope School and then went to North South University. Then he quit halfway and left the country for Monash University in Malaysia. He had returned home in October.