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‘Police working to unearth network behind Gulshan terror attack’

  • Published at 04:20 pm July 1st, 2018
The owners of the site decided to open the premises to mark the two-year anniversary of the Gulshan terror attack Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The DMP chief also said he expected all accused to be brought to justice following proper legal practices and according to the evidence gathered by investigators

The Holey Artisan terror attack case was complex, but investigators have tried to unmask the attackers: those who provided shelter to the attackers, arms suppliers, arms trainers, and the masterminds behind the attack, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia said.

“We will submit the charge sheet to the case, in court, this week,” the DMP boss told reporters after unveiling a sculpture commemorating the ultimate sacrifice made by two police officers during the Gulshan terror attack. The memorial is at the Old Gulshan police station premises, in Dhaka.

The charge sheet will be submitted within a week, he added.

The DMP chief also said he expected all accused to be brought to justice following proper legal practices and according to the evidence gathered by investigators.

In the first attack of its kind  in Bangladesh, a group of five militants, suspected to have had ties with a breakaway faction of the militant organization New Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB), stormed into Holey Artisan bakery in Gulshan, Dhaka, on July 1, 2016.

At least 22 people, including hostages and law enforcement officials, were killed in the attack at the café situated in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone.

The standoff came to an end after a military commando operation.

Police found 21 people involved in the Holey Artisan attack, involved in its planning, preparation, and execution, CTTC sources said. Of them, 13, including the attackers, are dead.

The DMP boss also recalled the contribution made by  two police officers killed in the Dhaka cafe attack— and other officials who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

Assistant Commissioner of Detective Branch of police Rabiul Karim and then-Banani-police-station’s Officer-in-Charge Salauddin Khan were shot dead while trying to rescue hostages during the attack on July 1, 2016.

Terming the Dhaka cafe attack a conspiracy against the nation of Bangladesh, he said police took immediate action to curb militant activities after the attack. 

Many militants were killed and others arrested in 70 drives—along with some members of the police and RAB officials.

The DMP chief claimed that they successfully uprooted militancy activities from the country. He, however, also said that militants might continue their work in diverse ways since militancy is a global challenge.

“We will uproot the militancy network from the country, at any cost,” he added.

Several thousand closed circuit cameras have been installed in Dhaka, so no one can evade detection after committing a crime, he claimed.

Lawyers working for bail of drug accused surveilled

The DMP commissioner also said that they will continue their ongoing anti-drug drives, undertaken due to instructions by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, until drugs are completely uprooted.

“The law enforcers are destroying drug dens in Dhaka and other areas. We are collecting information on: drug traders, investors, shelter providers, and people who bail out the drug traders,” he said.

If any law enforcement agency official is directly or indirectly involved in the trade, strict actions will be taken against them, DMP boss added.