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Mahfuz put on fresh remand

Published : Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 97
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Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Monday placed Sohel Mahfuz, one of the masterminds of Gulshan Holy Artisan Café attack on a six-day fresh remand.
Magistrate Shotto Broto Sikder granted the remand.
Earlier on July 9, the militant leader Mahfuz was put on a seven-day remand by another court for quizzing in the case.
The Investigation Officer (IO) Humayun Kabir, Inspector of Counter Terrorism and Trans-national Crime (CTTC), produced Sohel after a seven-day remand and sought an eight-day remand for further questioning.
The IO said in his remand prayer that Sohel Mahfuz is one of the plotters of the Gulshan militant attack. He is a presidium member (Sura Sadassya) of Neo-JMB. He has been collecting Neo-JMB members and motivating the militants in the organisation for a long time. He had played a pivotal role in the terror attack on Holley Artisan in connivance with accused Tamim Chowdhury, Marzan, and Basharuzzaman Choklat. Besides this he supplied arms and grenade to the Gulshan Cafe  attackers. The IO wanted him to be quizzed for proper investigation and to arrest the other accused.
Police arrested four members of 'Neo-JMB', including Sohel, from Chapainawabganj on July 7.
On the evening of July 1, 2016, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Café with bombs, machetes, pistols, and held several dozens of people hostages, including 18 foreigners.
Twenty hostages--nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladesh-born American and two Bangladeshis - were killed as the militant's sprayed bullets on them indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their deaths inside the café.
Besides, two senior police officers--Banani Police Station the then OC Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch Assistant Commissioner Robiul Islam--were shot dead when police tried to take control of the bakery.

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