[Dhaka Correspondent] Mufti Mohammad Hannan, a leader of banned Islamist outfit HuJI, B (Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami Bangladesh) and his three associates were placed on a 10-day police remand Tuesday for their alleged involvement in the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on August 21 in 2004.
Investigation officer of the case, inspector Fazlul Kabir of the criminal investigation department, produced the four persons, Mufti Hannan, Sharif Saidul Alam Bipul, Maulana Abu Sayeed and Muhibullah, before the chief metropolitan magistrate court and sought a 14-day remand.
“We got important information about their involvement in the grisly grenade attack on the rally and they have to be interrogated intensively in remand to find out clues,” IO pleaded before the court. There was no lawyer defending the accused. After hearing, the metropolitan magistrate, Golam Mostafa, granted a 10-day remand.
Earlier, the police brought the four to the capital from Sylhet jail under tight security. They were also charge sheeted in the case relating to grenade attack on the British High Commissioner in Dhaka, Anwar Choudhury, near Shahjalal shrine in Sylhet on May 21, 2004.
On August 21 in 2004, several grenades were hurled at the makeshift podium where Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina just finished her speech at the rally in the afternoon. The attack left at least 24 people, including front-ranking Awami League leader Ivy Rahman, killed and injured many others. Many of the injured became handicapped.