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Militants were assured of security support: Witness

Update : 20 Aug 2013, 08:48 PM

Ashif Islam Shaon Before launching the grenade attack on August 21, 2004, the militants were assured of administrative support and security from the government once the mission was completed, a prosecution witness said Tuesday.

Maj (retd) Atiqur Rahman, who was deputy director of the Rab’s intelligence unit, testified at the Speedy Trial Tribunal 1. Judge Shahed Nur Uddin recorded the statement.

The witness said former deputy minister of the BNP-Jamaat government Abdus Salam Pintu had sat in a meeting at is government residence with a group of militant leaders including Mufti Hannan, Maulana Tajuddin, Ahsanullah Kajol, Hafez Abu Taher, Abu Jandal alias Mufti Moin before the attack and announced the assurance.

Fugitive Maulana Tajuddin, one of Pintu’s brothers, is one of the prime accused in the case.

Atiqur also said after the attack, former DGFI officials Brig Gen ATM Amin and Lt Col Saiful Islam Sayeed had helped Maulana Tajuddin to flee the country using fake name and identity. Then director of Rab’s intelligence wing Col Gulzer Uddin Ahmed extracted the information by interrogating Mufti Hannan, another prime accused in the case.

Gulzer was killed during the 2009 BDR mutiny.

“We arrested Mufti Hannan’s younger brother Mohiullah alias Ovi from Tongi and upon his information, we rrested Mufti Hannan that day. Gulzer sir informed this to state minister for home [Lutfozzaman] Babar. But he showed no interest,” Atiqur said.

In 2006, DGFI arrested Sharif Shahedul Islam alias Bipul and Mizan, who were members of a militant group. During interrogation, Bipul said Mufti Hannan was involved in the attack. “When Bipul and Mufti Hannan were questioned face to face, the latter admitted that he launched the attack on the rally,” the witness said.

They also confessed that they had been involved in the attacks on former British High Commissioner at Hazrat Shahjalal’s shrine in Sylhet, former Sylhet mayor Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran, AL leaders Jebunnesa Haque and Suranjit Sengupta, and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.

In these attacks, Mufti Hannan, Ovi, militant leader Ahsanullah Kajal and Abu Jandal supplied nine grenades in two consignments. The grenades were mainly provided by Maulana Tajuddin.

The tribunal fixed August 26 and 27 for cross-examining the witness.  

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