Panel formed to investigate Ashura blasts, HM says conpiracy

Panel formed to investigate Ashura blasts, HM says conpiracy

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Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Saturday formed a three-member probe committee to investigate bomb blasts at a gathering of Shia Muslim community’s headquarters in the old part of Dhaka that left one person killed.DMP additional commissioner Sheikh Maruf Hassan will lead the probe body, DMP deputy commissioner (media) Muntashirul Islam told UNB on Saturday.

The two other probe team members are DMP joint commissioner (Ops) Mir Rejaul Alam and DMP deputy commissioner (DB-South) Mashrukur Rahman.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days, the DC (Media) added.

A teenage boy was killed and around 100 people were injured in the bomb blasts at Huseni Dalan in Old Dhaka early Saturday. Three homemade bombs went off around 1:45 am when Shia community people gathered there for bringing out a Tajia procession marking holy Ashura.

Meanwhile, police arrested four people suspecting their involvement in connection with the bomb explosions.

They are now being grilled now under the custody of Detective Branch (DB) of police.

The government thinks the bomb blasts at Huseni Dalan in Old Dhaka is an outcome of a conspiracy by local and international vested quarters while law enforcers find it as an act of sabotage to make the country unstable.

Ruling Awami League, however, blamed the BNP-Jamaat clique for the incident saying the motive behind the blast is to destabilise the country.

Meanwhile, BNP strongly denounced bomb explosions and demanded a fair and neutral investigation into the incident to identify the perpetrators.

The blasts on a gathering on the Shia Muslim community also prompted the US and the UK to come up with strong reactions condemning the heinous incident.

Besides, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said militant outfit Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack, but law enforcers do not consider it as an act of militants. Earlier, the same group had claimed the IS took responsibility for the recent killings of two foreign nationals in the country.

A 16-year-old boy was killed and around 100 people were injured in the bomb explosions at the Shia Muslim community’s headquarters, Huseni Dalan, in the old part of Dhaka city early Saturday.

Three homemade bombs went off around 1:45 am when Shia community people gathered there for bringing out a Tajia procession marking holy Ashura.

Talking to reporters after visiting the victims of the blasts at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the morning, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “Local and international gangs are involved in a conspiracy aiming to destablise the country and create panic among people.”

Responding to a question, the minister insisted, “We’ll try our best with full force to find out the culprits behind the blasts…We’ll also find out if the anti-liberation forces are involved in the conspiracy. But, first of all, we need to be confirmed.”

Earlier in the day, after visiting the victims at the DMCH, the IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque suspected that the anti-liberation forces are behind the incident as they want to destabilise the country to save war criminals.

After visiting Huseni Dalan following blasts, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman termed the incident an act of sabotage carried out in a planned way.

The handmade unexploded bombs that were recovered from the spot of Huseni Dalan have similarity with the bombs recovered in a drive after the killing of ASI Ibrahim, the DMP Commissioner added.

Ibrahim, assistant sub-inspector of Darus Salam Police Station Ibrahim, was stabbed to death by a miscreant in Gabtali bus terminal area on Thursday night.

Awami League Joint Secretary General Mahbubul Alam Hanif, however, held the BNP-Jamaat alliance responsible for the bomb attack.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office in the capital, he said, “The attack was made by a vested quarter which is not happy with the country’s development, and we all know who they are. They are BNP and Jamaat forces.”

Earlier after visiting the spot, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said the same group is behind the killing of two foreigners, police murder at Gabtoli and the bomb attack on Shia Muslim’s gathering. “Those who failed in their movement carried out the incident with a new formula.”

Speaking at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We strongly condemn the incident and demand a fair and impartial probe into the tragic incident to identify the attackers and bring them to justice immediately.

Meanwhile, the United States and the United Kingdom expressed shock at the senseless attack on a Shia Ashura gathering in the old part of the city.

US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat and British High Commissioner Robert Gibson reacted through tweeter and Facebook messages after the incident.

“Horrified at attack on Shia Ashura procession,” Gibson tweeted, saying such violence and intolerance is not acceptable. “My sympathies to those affected.”

Bernicat, in a Facebook statement, termed the incident ‘senseless attack’ on a Shia Ashura gathering. “I’m shocked by the senseless attack on a Shia Ashura gathering outside Old Dhaka, and offer my deepest condolences to the victims and their families,” she said.

As part of their manhunt for the perpetrators of the incident, police arrested four people suspecting their involvement in the bomb blasts.

Chawkbazar Police Station officer-in-charge M Azizul Haque said, “They’re now being grilled now under the custody of Detective Branch (DB) of police.”

Besides, DMP formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the bomb blasts.

Meanwhile, the body of victim Sajjad Hossain Sobuj, a class VII student, was handed over to his family members after postmortem at the DMCH. Son of Md Nasir Mia, Sajjad was a student of Nurul Haque High School in Keranigonj, on the outskirt of the capital.

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