Gulshan attack ‘mastermind’ Rajib put on remand

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Bogra : Two courts in Bogra on Monday placed Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, a suspected mastermind of Gulshan terror attack who was arrested from Tangail district, on a 15-day remand in two separate cases.

Bogra Senior Judicial Magistrate Court-2 Judge Kamruzzaman placed Rajib Gandhi, also a member of banned Islamist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), on a seven-day remand in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act with Shibganj Police Station.

Besides, Judge Abdul Al Mamun of the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court-4 put Rajib Gandhi on an eight-day remand in a case filed with Sherpur Police Station.

The police officers concerned of Sherpur and Shibganj Police Stations sought a 10-day remand each for the accused.

On February 13, 2016, police arrested two suspected JMB men from Mokamtala in Shibganj upazila while holding a clandestine meeting. During interrogation, one of the arrestees disclosed the name of Rajib Gandhi. Later police shown Rajib arrested in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Meanwhile, two JMB men were killed in a bomb blast while making bombs Garidah area in Sherpur upazila on April 3, 2016. A case was filed under the Explosive Substances Act later. During investigation, police found involvement of Rajib in the incident.

On January 14, police arrested Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi alias Subash alias Shanto alias Tiger alias Adil alias Jahid, from Elenga bus stand in Tangail district.

According to police, Rajib went into hiding in the country’s northern region after his name surfaced as one of the terror attack masterminds.

Twenty hostages, including 17 foreign nationals, were killed by militants at Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan area of the capital on July 1 last year. The following day, five attackers and one suspected associate of the attackers were killed during a commando operation inside the café, ending the hostage crisis.

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