Dhaka – A professor of private university and two others were arrested for allegedly sheltering terrorists who attacked a restaurant in Bangladeshi capital and killed 20 hostages earlier this month, police said.
M Gias Uddin Ahsan, pro-vice chancellor of North South University, and two of his staff members were detained at Dhaka’s Basundhara Residential Area on Saturday evening, deputy commissioner of police Masudur Rahman said.
Ahsan, also the dean of School of Health and Life Sciences of the university, was accused of sheltering the terrorists at his apartment as he rented out before the July 1 attack at Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic district.
Twenty civilians – nine Italian, seven Japanese, one Indian, a US citizen and two Bangladeshi nationals – and two policemen were killed by the terrorists.
Six attackers were killed after troops stormed the cafe.
Counter-terrorism unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested the professor, his nephew Alam Chowdhury, and a manager of the apartment Mahbubur Rahman Tuhin.
Police said Ahsan did not comply with the police norms of informing about the tenants.
Earlier, investigators found two of the recent attackers were student of the North South University. Police were also questioning a hostage, Hasanat Reza Karim, a former teacher of the university who was allegedly aiding the cafe attackers on July 1.
Karim’s family said he was not returned to home after the police took him into custody for interrogation in connection with the terrorist attack.