Escaped Kallyanpur militant still unidentified after two years
Two years after the incident, the police have still not identified the militant who escaped from the raid at the militant den in Dhaka's Kallyanpur on July 26, 2016.
One of the nine militants who was killed during the raid, called "Operation Storm 26," has also not been identified.
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit’s Deputy Commissioner (DC), Mohibul Islam Khan, speaking to the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday said they do not have further information about the escaped militant Iqbal, adding: “We think Iqbal may have died in subsequent anti-militant drives.”
There are still a number of militants killed in law enforcement drives across the country over the last two years who remain unidentified.
DC Mohibul said: “Some of the militants at the den were connected to planning of the Holey Artisan attack, while others were planning more attacks on areas densely populated by foreigners in Dhaka and other parts of the country.”
CTTC sources said Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the mastermind of the Gulshan attack, who was killed in a Narayanganj raid on August 2016, frequently visited the Kallyanpur den.
The den was used as a training centre for militants.
The nine militants who were killed in the raid were a suicide squad and they had another plan in hand, similar to the Holey Artisan one.
Last year, CTTC chief Monirul Islam said the militants had almost finished preparations for three simultaneous attacks in Dhaka and Narayanganj. “We have found they had already rented a place in Narayanganj to carry out the attacks,” said Monirul.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday, DC Mohibul Isalm Khan said: “There has been a lot of progress in the investigation and we will submit the charge sheet soon.”
After the Kallyanpur incident the police filed a case in Mirpur Police station against Rakibul Hasan Rigan, Iqbal, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, and Sarwar Jahan Manik, alias Abdur Rahman, another mastermind of the Gulshan attack.
The others accused, Shariful Islam Khalid and Mamunur Rashid Ripon (also involved in the Gulshan attack), Junayed Khan, Badol, and Asadul, alias Kabiraj, are still on the run.
DC Mohibul Islam Khan said: “So far 12 people have been arrested in connection with the case. They are - Rakibul Hasan Rigan, Salahuddin Kamran, Engineer Abdur Rouf Prodhan, Abul Kashem, alias Boro Hujur, Ahmed Azwad Imtiaz Talukder, alias Omi, Abdus Sabur, alias Sohel, Mahfuz, alias Hatkata Mahfuz, alias Nasullah, Aslamul Islam Rashed, alias Rashidul Islam, alias Rash, Hadisur Rahman Sagor, Akash, Habibullah, Kabirul, and Mizanur.”
“Of them, Rakibul, Salahuddin, Engineer Rouf, and Rashibul have given confessional statements under Section 164,” DC Mohibul said.
When asked about the militants on the run, DC Mohibul said: “We know that Junayed is out of the country, but we do not exactly know where he is at the moment.
“We have heard that Shariful and Mamunur are currently in India but we are yet to have confirmation on their location,” said the DC.
He said: “We suspect Badal and Asadul might also have been killed in the various anti-militant drives.”
“We have however found out the involvement of Sohel Mahfuz, alias Hatkata Mahfuz, who was recently arrested. He was shown arrested in the case,” said DC Mohibul.
“We have arrested Hadisur Rahman Sagor in connection with the Gulshan attack and he has also been shown arrested in the Kallyanpur case. We will interrogate him very soon in this regard,” said this CTTC DC.