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Biden's self-proclaimed adviser: All Oct 28 violence incidents linked

  • Locked in Kashimpur jail for last six days
  • DB investigating for additional information


Update : 07 Nov 2023, 10:04 PM

A four-member Detective Branch (DB) team has determined, after questioning US President Joe Biden's self-proclaimed adviser, that all the acts of violence, including the attack on the chief justice's residence on October 28, are interrelated.

DB chief Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid interrogated Biden's self-proclaimed adviser, Mian Zahidul Islam Arefy, who addressed the press from the BNP's central office on October 28, at Kashimpur jail in Gazipur on Tuesday.

"The attack on the chief justice's residence on October 28, the assault on the police hospital, the brutal killing of the policeman, the attack on journalists, and the press conference impersonating Biden's adviser are all connected," DB chief told reporters after the interrogation.

"We are investigating these issues and whatever else is also there," Harun said.

“A lot of information has come out from the interrogation of former army officer Sarwardy. We are trying to know more from the so-called adviser about the things that he has not admitted,” he added.

He also said that Arefy spoke to several BNP leaders including Mirza Fakhrul, Mirza Abbas, Shimul Biswas, and Abdul Awal Mintoo on different days, and different times before the press conference on October 28.

Arefy has been locked in Kashimpur jail for the last six days. He was taken to Kashimpur High-Security Jail from Dhaka Central Jail (Keraniganj) on Tuesday.

Earlier on October 28, Arefy went to BNP’s central office in Naya Paltan and spoke to reporters, introducing himself as an adviser to Biden.

Sitting with BNP leader Ishraque Hossain, Arefy even went as far as to claim that the US president is in full favour of restoration of the caretaker government.

He also said he had a role in having the sanctions imposed on RAB and seven of its serving or former officers in December 2021. Against the background of the BNP being forced to abandon its rally earlier that day, he threatened new sanctions against the police for its action against the BNP, that he would be relaying to the White House.

Videos of Arefy sitting at the BNP office, surrounded by party leaders, were circulated on social media by pro-BNP and Jamaat netizens claiming that Arefy, on behalf of Biden, came to BNP’s party office to support their cause to overthrow the government.

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