Nine militants who died during the raid have been exempted from the charge sheet
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit has prepared a charge sheet against ten people over the raid conducted at a militant den in the Kallyanpur area of Dhaka.
The raid, titled "Operation Storm 26," was conducted on July 26, 2016, with the aim of finding the planners of the Holey Artisan attack. Among the ten accused, three are still on the run from the law. The other seven suspects are currently in jail.
Nine militants who died during the raid have been exempted from the charge sheet, along with Tamim Chowdhury and Sarwar Jahan, who were killed in drives at Narayanganj and Ashulia, respectively, CTTC sources said.
Responding to query, CTTC Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan said: “The charge sheet for the case filed over Kallyanpur raid has been prepared and sent to the Home Ministry. After approval from the ministry, the charge sheet will be submitted to the court.”
“Three of the accused are still on the run from the law.”
Operation Storm 26
It has been more than two years since the Kallyanpur militant den raid, where 9 militants were killed and one escaped during "Operation Storm 26" on July 26.
According to CTTC unit sources, police initially filed a case with Mirpur police station the same year, accusing seven suspects under the counter-terrorism act.
Later, the charge sheet was prepared accusing ten suspects- Rakibul Hasan Rigan, 21, Salah Uddin Kamran, 30, Abdur Rauf Prodhan, 63, Aslam Hossain, 20, Shariful Islam, 25, Mamunur Rashid, 30, Azadul Kabiraz, 28, Mufti Maulana, 60, Abdus Sabur Khan, 33, and Hadisur Rahman, 40.
Among them, Shariful, Mamunur and Azadur are absconding, while the rest are in jail. Sources said Shariful and Mamunur might be hiding in India.
Of the seven people named in the original case document, law enforcers are yet to find details about three men- Iqbal, Junaed and Badal. Once their full identity is revealed, police will submit a supplementary charge sheet against them.
There are rumours that Junaed Khan and his brother Ibrahim Khan had left Bangladesh for Syria, to join international militant outfit Islamic State.
A training centre
The eleven people who were exempted from the charge sheet after being killed in action are- Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, Sarwar Jahan, Abdullah alias Rony, Abu Hakim, Taj ul Huq, Akifuzzaman Khan, Raihanul Kabir, Motiur Rahman, Jubaer Hossain, Sejad Rauf, and a man who remains unidentified.
An investigation official, on condition of anonymity, said: “The militants, who lived and operated from the Kallyanpur den, are members of the banned terrorist organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, commonly known as JMB.
“This outfit carried out militant attacks in various parts of the country with the aim of establishing Sharia law. The members also engaged in brutal assassinations and murders of eminent local and foreign citizens to tarnish the country’s image and create unrest.”
The official added that among those killed in the Kallyanpur raid, at least five militants were planning another terror attack similar to the Holey Artisan attack on July 1, 2016.
The CTTC unit also believes that the Kallyanpur den was used as a training centre by the militants.