Major (retd) Zia to be arrested anytime: Home Minister

Major (retd) Zia to be arrested anytime: Home Minister

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Dhaka – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Satrurday Major (retd) Zia, the mastermind of the Gulshan café’ terrorist attack ‘will hopefully be nabbed at anytime’.
“Major (retd) Zia is now under the close watch of detectives . . . He may be arrested any moment,” he told journalists while distributing clothes among destitute at Sri Sri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram temple in Swamibagh of Capital Dhaka on the occasion of Durga Puja.Replying to a question, the home minister categorically said the members of law enforcement agencies identified all the perpetrators of the attacks on the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1.
“Some of them were captured while the rest are under the close watch of the law enforcement agencies,” he added.
The minister said police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) jointly carried out Saturday’s Tangail and Gazipur raids in which 11 suspected militants were killed.
Home Minister Aaaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said, dismissed Army Major Ziaul Hoque alias Maj Zia, so called military wing chief of banned Islamic outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), will be arrested very soon as he has been under intelligence surveillance.
“Drives have been carried out in Gazipur and Tangail based on intelligence report. Major Zia will be arrested anytime, “ he said replying to a question after distributing clothes among the under privilege people on the occasion of Durga puja at Sri Sri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram in the city’s Shamibagh.
The Home Minister said a number of militants have already arrested and others are under surveillance of law enforcement agencies.
Earlier addressing a discussion at Doyagonj Shib temple, he said a vested quarter has been involved in destroying communal harmony, which is being continued in the country as tradition of hundred years. “But there is no space for militants. Militants are not given shelter anyway in the country,” he added.
The Home Minister said security has already beefed up across the country centering Durga puja. We hope, no unpleasant incident take place centering the Durga Puja.
Dhaka North city arranged the discussion programme. – News Desk

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