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Hotel Olio militant den investigation almost complete

  • Published at 02:18 pm August 14th, 2018
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia addressing the reporters at Dhanmondi 32Arifur Rahman Rabbi/Dhaka Tribune

Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the case thus far

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has told reporters that the investigation into the Hotel Olio International militant den in Dhaka, which was raided last year, is almost complete.

He made the comment on Tuesday, while talking to reporters, after inspecting security arrangements at Dhanmondi 32—in preparation of marking the historic August 15. 

“Militants operate under different organizations, but their roots are the same. We have found connections between those who conspired against Bangladesh in 1971, and those who are involved with militancy and terrorism in present times,” said Asaduzzaman.

He added: “The investigation into the Hotel Olio International’s militant den is nearing its completion. Fourteen people hadve been arrested in connection with the matter so far—and ten of them have given their confessional statement in court.

“These culprits had planned to terrorize and murder the people, but the police put a stop to that plan.”

 A member of New JMB blew himself up on August 15 at Hotel Olio International, on Panthapath, situated only about 300m away from the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

The incident took place just three hours after President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and other high-ups of the government had paid their respects to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the museum, in Dhanmondi, on National Mourning Day.