Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah on Saturday said police have not found any connection of Piyar Ahmed Akash, a Bangladeshi businessman deported by Malaysia, with militancy, including the Gulshan café attack.Akash was wanted in two arms cases, the DMP commissioner told reporter after a debate competition arranged by Debate for Democracy at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC).Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury, chairman of Debate for Democracy, presided over the mock parliament debate on “Role of law & enforcement agency to prevent militancy”. Bangladesh University of Professional defeated Bangladesh University.The DMP chief said Akash fled to Malaysia after securing bail in the cases.
Replying to a question, he said the investigators are yet to get any evidence that he was involved in the militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery and Café in Gulshan or any other militant activities.Following the Bangladesh initiative, Interpol issued a red notice to arrest Akash and then he was deported by the Malaysian authorities to Bangladesh on September 2, Miah said while talking to reporters.Earlier, addressing the programme, the DMP commissioner said as militancy is now a global and social problem, it needs involvement of all in the society to resolve the problem.The deportation news of Akash came in the limelight as Malaysian newspaper ‘The Star’ published a news item saying that Akash has a relation with one of the suspected Gulshan café attackers Andaleeb Rahman.Piayr Ahmed Akash, 35, son of M Ibrahim, a resident of Nayanpur village in Daganbhuiyan upazila of Feni district, was an accused in two arms cases filed with Feni Sadar Police Station and Sudharam Police Station in 2005, reports UNB’s Feni correspondent.Later, Akash was acquitted from one of the case while secured bail in another case and then fled to Malaysia.Akash, along with other partners, opened a restaurant named ‘Rashana Bilash’ in Malaysia which earned a lot of fame for Bangladeshi food. Few years later, he opened another restaurant following a dispute with his partners.Meanwhile, Bangladeshi police sought help from International Police Organization (INTERPOL), an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation, to bring back Akash.On August 19, Malaysian police arrested Akash in connection with money embezzlement and sent him to jail. Later, the Malaysian authorities sent him to Bangladesh on September 2.When he reached the Dhaka airport, Bangladeshi police arrested him and sent him to Daganbhuiyan on September 3.The following day, he was produced before the court when the court sent him to jail.