BNP leader remanded to six-day police custody
Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 20:55
Dhaka: Detained Bangladeshi ex-junior minister and BNP politician Lutfuzzaman Babar was on Thursday remanded in police custody for six days for his alleged role in the 2005 murder of a prominent leader of Awami League.

Shah AMS Kibria, the high profile leader of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s now ruling Awami League, was killed in a grenade attack on January 27, 2005 as he was addressing a public rally at his constituency in Habiganj.

Police and court officials said a court in north-eastern Habiganj ordered Babar to be interrogated in custody on a police prayer as he was escorted to the court complex under heavy police escort.

"Judicial Magistrate Rajib Kumar Biswas granted the six days time against the police prayer for 10 days after two hours of hearing" a court official told agency as he was reached here by phone.

The incident sparked international condemnation but the subsequent police investigations visibly yielded little results while Awami League was long been alleging that the past BNP-led four party regime tried to influence the probe process to save the "real culprits".

Babar was suspected to have masterminded several other attacks including the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on Hasina while she was the opposition leader.

Police earlier said they suspected Babar as the mastermind of the deadly attack narrowly escaped by Hasina while a report claim that several other influential BNP leaders were involved in the plot, while banned Harkatul Jihad (HuJI) was used to carryout the assassination plan.


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 20:55

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