HuJI leader remanded in custody for seven days

HuJI leader Sheikh Mohammad Farid is personally familiar with Laden.

Dhaka: A court here on Thursday remanded banned
Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HuJI) leader Sheikh Mohammad Farid
in custody for seven days for interrogation in connection with
a grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Ray Chowdhury granted
police seven days time to quiz Farid against a prayer for 10

The 47-year-old "most wanted" militant was arrested
by elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion from the capital`s
suburbs of Tongi yesterday.

Farid, who was steering the banned outfit for the past
two years, is also faced with three other cases which are 1999
attack on an Udichi concert in Jessore, 2000 Kotalipara bomb
implant case, 2001 attack on a Baishakhi festival at Ramna

Prosecution lawyers told the court that he was a
crucial suspect of the grenade attack as the earlier detained
former HuJI chief Mufty Abdul Hannan had told the
investigators that Farid had a vital role in the 2004 grenade
attack, narrowly escaped by incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina but suffered a permanent partial hearing impairment.

A number of politically influential people including
former junior minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar and two
former army generals who subsequently headed the apex National
Security Intelligence (NSI) during the past Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP)-led four-party coalition government,
were also in suspect list in the case as they already are in

At least 24 people including the then chief of the
women wing of Awami League and wife of President Zuillur
Rahman, Begum Ivy Rahman were killed and over 300 others
injured as the suspected militants carried the out the attack.

Farid appeared for a brief camera session before the
media yesterday at a press briefing when RAB spokesman said
during initial interrogations, he said was personally familiar
with al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

He had joined the resistance against the then Soviet
occupation in Afghanistan in late 1980s and the armed warfare
against the Burmese junta siding with the extreme righting
factions of Rohingya outfits in mid 1990s.

The US in 2008 designated HuJI as a "foreign terrorist
organisation" and "specially designated global terrorist".

Bureau Report

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