Family members of Khairul Islam Payel, one of the five suspected attackers of Gulshan restaurant, claimed that he was an innocent boy but his classmate Hakim influenced him to join militancy.
Payel's mother Piyara Khatun said: “Hakim took our youngest son to Dhaka in 2015 for admission to Jagannath University after completing their education from a local madrasa. Later he talked our son into joining New JMB.”
The family alleged that Hakim had introduced their son to New JMB but now he is under government protection and spreading false information about their deceased son.
Abdul Hakim, 22, son of Abdur Rahman of Bogra, surrendered to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the presence of the home minister in Bogra on October 5.
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Meanwhile, family members of Hakim claimed that RAB did not hand over Hakim to them and they have no clues where he is staying now.
Some six youths stormed into Holey Artisan Bakery at Gulshan in Dhaka armed with guns, bombs and swords and killed 22 people on July 1. After a 12-hour holdup, commando forces rescued 13 hostages, killing five suspected attackers.
Later, police brought parents of Payel and father and brother of another militant Ujjal from Bogra, to Dhaka for interrogating about their sons and collecting their blood samples to identify the alleged dead militants on July 5.
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Abdul Hakim (left), a known acquaintance of Holey Artisan attacker Md Khairuzzaman alias Khairul Islam Payel or JMB-given name Abu Umayr al-Bengali, surrendered before Rapid Action battalion on October 5, 2016 Dhaka Tribune
But, police did not allow them to see the bodies of their sons.
Hosney Ara, sister of Payel, said: “Whatever crime Payel had committed we wanted his body for a proper burial but the law enforcers did not give his body to us.”
Josna, sister of Payel, who had paid Payel’s educational costs, said: “Payel along with his classmate Hakim had visited home nearly six months ago.”
However, Hakim’s mother Sufia Begum claimed that Hakim does not know militant Payel. “Hakim left Dhaka for Azerbaijan on June 30 this year,” said Sufia.
Besides, Hakim during his surrender on October 5 said he and Payel were classmates and went to Dhaka for getting admitted to JnU and that he got into militancy through Payel.