BSS-40 5 JMB operatives charged with Sholakia blast case

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5 JMB operatives charged with Sholakia blast case

DHAKA, Sept 12, 2018 (BSS) – Five militants were charge-sheeted in
connection with the case regarding suicide bomb blasts at Sholakia Maidan in
Kishoreganj district on July 7, 2016.

However, 19 others accused of the case, who were killed in assaults of
law enforcers at different times, were excluded from the charge-sheet.

Inspector (investigation) of Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station and
Investigation Officer of the blast case Arifur Rahman submitted the charge-
sheet before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court-1, Kishoreganj this
afternoon.

All the charge-sheeted accused, Zahidul Haque Tanim, Mizanur Rahman alias
Boro Mizan, Anwar Hossain, Jahangir alias Rajib Gandhi, and Abdus Sabur Khan
Hasan alias Sohel Mahfuz, are members of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul
Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). All of them are now in jails. Of the five
accused, Tanim was present on the spot during the attack.

The acquitted people include Shariful Islam Don, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury,
Nurul Islam Marzan, Sarwar Jahan, Basharuzzaman alias Choklet, Maj (retd)
Zahidul, Rohan Imtiaz, Nirbas, Mobassher, Khairul Islam, Shafiqul Islam
Uzzal, Raihanuzzaman Kabir, Saddam Hossain, Tanvir Kaderi, Mahfuzur Rahman,
Baik Hasan, Badar and Zahidul Islam Akash.

“We have found involvement of 24 militants in the attack. But five of
them were accused in the charge-sheet as 19 others were acquitted of the
charges as they were killed in various assaults of the law enforcers,”
investigation officer of the case Arifur Rahman told BSS today.

“All the operatives of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) were accused of carrying out terrorist activities, involving
in the plot, giving support and shelters and directly taking part in the
attack,” he added.

Of the accused, Rajib Gandhi and Sohel Mahfuz gave confessional
statements under section 164 before the court. Both Rajib and Sohel were also
included in the list of accused in the charge-sheet of Holey Artisan Cafe
attack case.

In his statement, Rajib Gandhi confessed that the New-JMB had taken
preparations to carry out two large-scale bomb attacks (at Holey Artisan
Cafe, at Gulshan in the capital and Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj) mainly to
upset the government and attract the attention of international militant
organisations.

Police during investigation found that JMB front ranking leaders Tamim
Chowdhury, Major Zahid, Akash, Abir and Don separately visited the place of
occurrence one day (July 6, 2016) ahead of the attack on July 7, 2016, around
a week after the Holey Artisan Cafe attack.

Four people, including two policemen, a woman, and a suspected assailant,
were killed in the attack.

BSS/spl-AHJ/RY/1945 hrs