Ahmadiyya Mosque Attack
Staff Correspondent, Khulna
Banned Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) kingpin Mufti Abdul Hannan has been taken on a five-day remand for interrogation in connection with the case recorded with Khulna Sadar police station on October 9, 1999 for bomb attack on Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat mosque at Nirala in the city.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Md Barekuzzaman yesterday granted the remand after Mufti Hannan was taken there amid tight security in and around the court at around 11:30am.
Investigation officer (IO) of the case Inspector Khandaker Miraj Billah of Khulna zonal office of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had prayed for seven days’ remand for the leader of the banned Islamist outfit.
Hannan was brought to Khulna District Jail from Kashimpur Jail at 8:50pm on Sunday.
Seven people were killed and 41 others injured, six of them seriously, in bomb attack at the time of Jumma prayers on October 8 in 1999 at Nirala Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat mosque.
The case recorded with Khulna Sadar police station on the following day was later transferred to CID as police failed to reveal real motive behind the bomb attack and arrest anyone in this connection.
Inspector Rawshan Ali of CID who was made first investigation officer of this case submitted final report to the court on November 23 in 2001.
The case was, however, revived on January 18 this year as prayed through a petition to the CMM’s court by CID Inspector Khandaker Miraj Billah, the present IO.
“Mufti Abdul Hannan is still accused in 58 criminal cases recorded with different police stations of the country. The cases include the one recorded in connection with planting a 76kg bomb in an attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina who was then leader of the opposition in parliament,” said Khulna Jail Superintendent Md Alam Khan.
When taken to the dock yesterday, Mufti Hannan protested granting of the remand prayer, saying, “I am already facing death penalty in a case. So, there is no need to torture me anymore in the name of remand.”