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Who is militant Ripon?

  • Published at 06:02 pm January 20th, 2019
Md Mamunur Rashid alias Ripon alias Rezaul Karim alias Reza at RAB media Centre in Dhaka on January 20, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Ripon was arrested from Gazipur

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), in a drive, has arrested a JMB member in a drive, named in the charge sheet of the 2016 Holey Artisan attack.

A team of RAB 3 arrested Md Mamunur Rashid, alias Ripon, alias Rezaul Karim, alias Reza, with Tk1.5 lakh from the Board Bazar area of Gazipur on January 19.

Most commonly known as Ripon, this militant was not only an accused in the charge sheet of the sensational Holey Artisan case but was also a key supplier of money, arms, and explosives for the militant attack.

Ripon, 30, son of late Nasiruddin of Shekhermaria village in Nandigram upazila of Bogra, was a member of the Majlish-e-Sura unit of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), RAB's Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan said in a briefing on Sunday.

Initial interrogation found that Ripon was born in Bogra in 1988 and started his education in a local primary school.

His father later admitted him to a madrasa after he finished his third-grade. He studied in various madrasas in Bogra’s Nandigram, Naogaon, and Dhaka’s Mirpur area.

In 2009, he completed the Dawra-e-Hadith degree from Madrasatul Darul Hadith in Chapai Nawabganj. He then completed an office application course from Cyber Tech computer training centre in Bogra and started working for the centre.

How he got involved in militancy

According to Ripon’s confession, he got involved in militancy in 2013 while he was working at the Cyber Tech computer centre. He was drawn into militancy by one Dr Nazrul, who he knew from before.

As he got involved in JMB, Dr Nazrul gave him a new organizational name, “Ripon,” even though he was known to all as “Rashid.” His main job was to collect funds from members in select areas and hand them over to Nazrul, who was the JMB Ameer of the area at the time. Ripon soon gained the trust of his superiors and debuted as Nazrul’s second-in-command.

In a short time, he made a name for himself in the inner circle of JMB for his innovative activities and competence in collecting funds for the organization.

Later, through various interactions with JMB Ameer Sarwar Jahan, he came to know several militant masterminds, including Abdullah, a major supporter and benefactor of the militants.

What happened at Holey Artisan?

On July 1, 2016, gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area and opened fire. A total of 22 people, including 17 foreign nationals and two policemen, were killed in the attack.

On July 2018, police submitted a charge sheet against eight militants allegedly involved with the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Gulshan, Dhaka.

Some 21 members of the militant outfit New JMB, a faction of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were found to have been involved in the planning and execution of the attack, according to the charge sheet.

In November, 2018, a Dhaka court  charged eight militants in connection with the 2016 terror attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery.