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India arrests suspected al-Qaeda man allegedly involved in Avijit murder

He was produced before a Kolkata court on Wednesday

Update : 15 Sep 2022, 09:42 PM

Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata police arrested a suspected al-Qaeda militant, who is allegedly involved in the brutal murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy seven years ago.

Hasnat Sheikh was arrested from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh Sunday, according to media reports.

Later on Wednesday, Hasnat was produced before Bankshall Court of Kolkata. He was ordered to keep in police custody till September 20.

According to the STF sources, Hasnat is a suspected member of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which is the youngest affiliate of the organization, reports Bangla Tribune.

They said they searched for Hasnat in Shajapur town, but he allegedly escaped and hid at Saharanpur. 

Hasnat's mother told Bangla Tribune that he was admitted to a local madrasa in Saharanpur to become a Maulvi. 

His brother, Abdul Qaiyyum said only Hasnat is the only member of their family who got education. 

However, he added, their family or even the villagers have no idea whether he is involved with any organization. 

In this regard, Member of Parliament from Maldaha Uttar Khagen Murmu said militant organizations are active in the district, and it was previously noticed as well.

On the evening of February 26, 2015, writer and founder of Mukto Mona blog Avijit Roy, son of late physicist Ajoy Roy, was hacked to death near TSC intersection on the Dhaka University campus.

Avijit’s late father filed a murder case at Shahbagh police station the next day.

On February 16, a tribunal in Dhaka sentenced five members of banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam to death and another to life term imprisonment in the murder case.

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