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Hasnat remanded in custody over Bangladesh cafe attack
August 13th, 2016 at 5:38 pm
Hasnat remanded in custody over Bangladesh cafe attack

Dhaka – Police have shown a former private university teacher arrested in connection with the last month’s grisly attack on a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic area that killed 20 civilians, mostly foreign nationals.

The law enforcement on Saturday remanded Hasnat Karim, a former teacher of North South University, in custody again for interrogation as the investigators seemed convinced that Karim was linked with the attack at Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Gulshan on July 1.

A Bangladeshi-born Canadian student, Tahmid Hasib, who was arrested under section 54 was also remanded in custody for the second time to find whether he was involved in the attack.

Metropolitan Magistrate Imdadul Haque ordered for placing Hasnat on an eight-day remand after police seek for more custodial interrogation after he was shown arrested.

Judge Golam Nabi granted police plea for Tahmid Hasib’s interrogation in the custody. Tahmid was seen in a photograph talking with one of the attackers at the rooftop of the cafe before the troops stormed it at the morning of July 2.

Both Hasant and Tahmid were being interrogated in the custody for the last eight days as police believed they instigated the attack.

Hasnat was detained from in front of Aarong in Gulshan around 7:25pm and Tahmid from Bashundhara Residential Area on August 3 on suspicion of having links with Gulshan attackers, police said.

They are among the survivors of the Holey Artisan carnage. But police came up with the idea that they might have linked with the attack after two photographs surfaced on August 7 that show Hasnat, and Tahmid having conversation with one of the attackers at the rooftop of the cafe.

The photographs taken from a nearby building on the morning of July 2 show Karim and Hasib are talking to Rohan Imtiaz, one of the militants who attacked the restaurant on the night of July 1.

Hasnat, who was among the restaurant guests, might have led the attackers. He, who came to the restaurant along with his wife and children, supervised the attack and passed information to different places.

His wife and children were released by the attackers well before the army-led operation Thunderbolt began on the following morning.

The troops killed six suspected attackers and the lawmen taken the survivors to custody for interrogation. Among them Karim and Hasib were considered as suspected attackers. They were later produced before the court.

Gunmen, allegedly of the Islamic State, killed 20 hostages – mostly foreign nationals – and two policemen during a 12-hour-long siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1.

Hasnat is also a UK citizen, and Tahmid is a student of a university in Toronto.