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Old October 1, 2005, 10:22 PM
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Daily Star: Militant kingpin Mufti Hannan captured >>
Interesting confession:

GOVERNMENT SHELTER?
"..After this government came to power, I appealed to the then home minister Altaf Hossain for mercy," Hannan, clad in a white T-shirt and check lungi, said as he was brought to reporters at Rab-1 office in Uttara.
"It is Moulana Mohiuddin (Madina editor) who mediated between me and the home minister and I submitted a petition through him to get my name erased from the attempt on Sheikh Hasina case."
Asked what the home minister had assured him, he said, "He assured me of staying in Dhaka and not to get frightened, and move freely until situation normalises."
"It was for his assurance that I did not think of fleeing the country," he added.
But before the home minister could do anything for his mercy, Altaf was made commerce minister, Hannan said, adding he was staying in Badda since then...."





Great achievement by RAB.
Here is another story.


"..Mufti Mohammad Abdul Hannan, the mastermind of the assassination attempt on Sheikh Hasina and a key leader of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), a banned Islamist outfit, was arrested by RAB.."


http://www.bangladeshobserveronline....0/02/front.htm

Edited on, October 2, 2005, 3:29 AM GMT, by ekatturerBangalee.
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Old October 2, 2005, 05:33 PM
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Mufti: Several ministers promised to save him from case for attempting to kill

“…Mufti Abdul Hannan yesterday told a court that the law enforcers were not supposed to arrest him as some influential ministers of the government had assured him that he would be exempted from the charge of attempting to kill Sheikh Hasina….”

“…Under interrogation by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Hannan yesterday confessed to planting 76-kg bomb at Kotalipara on July 20, 2000, but he did not elaborate on how he got involved in the plot…”
“…Hannan told Metropolitan Magistrate Kamrunnahar that he went to Pakistan for study in 1979 and later he visited some other countries also for study. He said he returned home in 1981. He went to Afghanistan in 1984 for military training….”
“…A student of Sarsina Madrasa in Barisal, Hannan studied in Deoband madrasa in India. After graduating from a madrasa in Karachi, he had joined the Afghan war against the former Soviet occupation. He was even wounded in a battle there. Returning home at 1995, he started organising the Harkatul Jihad….”

KHULNA
“…Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadre Shahidullah alias Lokman told Khulna police on Saturday that he along with five others had made bombs in the house of Saint Joseph school's teacher Abdul Hakim Gazi. He also said the bombs were used in the blasts at 13 spots across Khulna city on August 17.
"I detonated bombs on the compound of Khulna Judges' Court and left Khulna for Dhaka the following morning,"

RAJSHAHI
“…Suspected militant Akhtarul Alam was taken on a three-day remand. Akhtarul is suspected to have been channelling funds to Bangla Bhai's Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh and JMB….”

BOGRA
“…JMB bomb squad member Abdur Razzak, arrested on September 22 in Gabtoli, gave statement before a first class magistrate yesterday, confessing his involvement in the blasts in Bogra on August 17….”

SATKHIRA
“…Two JMB operatives arrested last week in Satkhira for suspected links to the countrywide blasts were placed on a three-day remand each yesterday. The arrested JMB activists Ashraf Ali Master of Tengra and Abdul Ahad of Baliadanga village in sadar upazila were shown arrested in a case filed with Sadar Police Station for the explosions….”

http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/10/03/d5100301011.htm
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Old October 2, 2005, 05:40 PM
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Editorial: The Bangladesh Observer

Hannan’s Arrest: What Next?

The arrest of one of the most wanted Islamist militants, Mufti Abdul Hannan is important on several counts. At the end of 2003, the Dhaka Divisional Speedy Tribunal found him guilty of masterminding the plot to assassinate former prime minister and now leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and awarded him life term in absentia. Charge-sheets were submitted against him in several other bombing and arms cases. An Afghan war veteran, Hannan is the founder of Harkatul Jihad, a Pakistan-based militant outfit, in Bangladesh. So his arrest by all accounts looks to be the greatest ever success by the security agencies. We say this even after the police had to their credit the catch like Asadullah Galib, a professor of Arabic of the University of Rajshahi and the chief of Ahle Hadis Andolon, another Islamic outfit. Hannan has both the religious orientation and the guerilla and explosive training. He has been actively involved in the recruitment and training of militants.

More importantly, his arrest might lead to unravelling the mystery behind the August 17 countrywide bombing and earlier bomb and grenade attacks because he is thought to have coordinated the attacks along with Jamaatul Mujaheedin and Jagrata Muslim Janata chiefs Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai respectively. Already the Harkatul chief has exploded nothing short of an information bomb. He claims he maintained through monthly Madina editor Moulana Mohiuddin communication with former home minister and now commerce minister, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury. The minister assured him of 'no fear' and move freely. This assurance emboldened him to live in Dhaka and not to flee the country.

Does it make any sense? It surely does. Unless a terrorist of his calibre convicted for life imprisonment is provided shelter by powerful men, a man on the run cannot think of Dhaka as his refuge in his wildest dream. Sure enough, the master juggler of words who earned notoriety by commenting on the killing of a child in his father's lap on a rickshaw to the effect that Allah has claimed what is his property is going to deny the charge. Most likely the mediator will stand in his defence because both men's interest will meet at a point now. However, we cannot forget that the former home minister and the incumbent state minister for home have misled the nation for three and a half years. When the newspapers regularly published graphic reports on the rise of militancy, including the medieval brutality by Bangla Bhai, arms consignments getting into the country and the guerilla training conducted by the militant outfits, both have exhibited exaggerated enthusiasm to deny those. This continued even after the seizure of a truck-load of arms at Bogra and the biggest ever arms haul in several trucks at Chittagong jetty.

The denial game has not quite disappeared. Even the state minister for home is still not sure if there is existence of religious fundamentalism in the country. He said on Saturday at Chittagong circuit house his government is yet to figure out whether this poses a problem for the country. Naivety has its limit! This government is trying to cover up incidents proving embarrassing for it. Should they be considered from the embarrassment point of view? All this leads us to believe that the government has calculation other than the rest of the country would like it to have. The important issue is security of the country and its rescue from its slide into the hands of militants. Hannan's statement implicating Altaf Hossain should be probed into and if there is truth in it, the minister must be brought to justice. No one is above law and the country.

Edited on, October 2, 2005, 10:44 PM GMT, by ekatturerBangalee.
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Old October 3, 2005, 02:31 AM
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Last week I was in Dhaka and was able to read Ittefaq, Shangram, Inqilab etc. and I felt like ....

AL and BNP has brutally divided our country from TOP to BOTTOM into two pieces for a long long time. Now some religious political party are desperate to break this country in more pieces, in name of Islam and so called Islamic ummah. But our government is still working on eye washing the people by denying "existence of religious fundamentalism in our country"! or by saying "Terrorism does not exist in Islam"! or "Islam does not allow terrorism"! These are all political statement we understand that, but the reality is, terrorism does exist in most of the Muslim countries, and those people does call themselves as Muslim, no matter you call them so or not. If our government fail to bring those people to justice including the political people who directly or indirectly support them, we will lose our poor democracy near future for sure. To do that sincerely and effectively, I don't see other way but a strong coalition government with BNP and AL. The people who are supporting BNP and AL and arguing / blaming? each other, should think about this matter seriously.

btw, I am / was not a fan of any political party of Bangladesh.
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Old October 3, 2005, 04:00 PM
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Militants strike again on courts

".. 2 killed in Laxmipur, Chandpur; Ctg judge escape narrowly as bombs hurled on him did not burst; 38 including judge, cop wounded; JMB leaflet found; 10 held..".

LAXMIPUR
"Two bombs went off one after another with big bangs on the ground floor of the district joint and sessions judge's court building at around noon..."

CHANDPUR
"A bomb went off in the courtroom of First Sub-Judge Dipen Dewan on the first floor of the Judge's Court at around noon...".

CHITTAGONG
"One Laltu, 18, hurled a bomb kept inside a thick and hollow HSC Test Paper of 2003, targeting Second Joint District Session Judge Dilzer Hossain at 11:45am. However, the bomb did not reach its target and hit the judge's desk, breaking the table-glass. As the bomb did not explode, Laltu tried to hurl a second bomb kept inside a geometry box while fleeing...".

CHUADANGA
"Two bombs exploded at a fish market in the town at 9:00pm Sunday night, leaving Shuk Chand, 60, an employee of an ice depot, badly injured...".

http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/10/04/d5100401011.htm
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Old October 4, 2005, 04:22 PM
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‘Hannan had link with cultural
function blasts’
< http://www.newagebd.com/front.html#2>


Govt expresses concern
Intelligence report on JMB's 'suicide squad'


"..The high level of the Government has expressed deep concern over an intelligence report about the formation of 'suicide squad' of Jamm'at-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for conducting massive bomb attack with devastating impact at any time in any part of the country...".

http://www.bangladeshobserveronline....0/05/front.htm
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Old October 7, 2005, 02:49 PM
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http://ittefaq.com/news.php?id=129996&sys=3
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Old October 7, 2005, 02:53 PM
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Old October 7, 2005, 02:57 PM
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Gunmen for judges, security in courts

http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/10/07/d5100701011.htm
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Old October 7, 2005, 03:10 PM
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Top JMB operatives captured in Chandpur and Joypurhat . They plotted to kill judges at dist courts on Oct 3

http://independent-bangladesh.com/ne...02005ts.htm#A1
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Old October 7, 2005, 03:17 PM
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Govt confused by minister’s alleged role in Hannan’s mercy plea

The government was again confused on Friday as a state minister and two BNP leaders were reportedly found involved in the efforts of Mufti Abdul Hannan, a militant kingpin, to manage mercy for him in four cases.
‘The reported involvement of two ministers in the mercy petition of Mufti Hannan has made us confused,’ a senior minister told New Age Friday evening.
The minister, also a policymaker of the government, made the remark when his attention was drawn to reports published in two Bangla daily newspapers.
The reports said the state minister for water resources, Gautam Chakraborty, who was also minister in charge of Gopalganj, the district BNP president Saifur Rahman Nantu and senior vice-president Maniruzzaman Pinu recommended that the mercy petition should be considered.
According to the reports, Hannan, a senior leader of the banned Islamist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, filed a petition to the home ministry on November 17, 2002, for his mercy in four cases, filed against him on ‘political grounds.’
Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, then home minister, asked the committee concerned in the ministry to examine the petition.
The committee officials concerned, however, did not forward the file as the petitioner, Hannan, was in hiding. Gautam in the evening on Friday told New Age, ‘I cannot remember to have recommended a mercy petition for Hannan. But I am sure he never met me.’
The state minister said his signature might have been forged. ‘I will go to the home ministry on Sunday to verify whether the signature is genuine.’ ‘I might have recommended examining a petition if it had been forwarded to me or placed before me by local lawmaker or party leaders,’ he said.
‘Recommending examination of an issue does not mean that authorities concerned are bound to implement it,’ he said.
Hannan, arrested in Dhaka on October 1, told reporters he had contacted Maulana Muhiuddin Khan, editor of the monthly Madina, and former home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury to get relief from the cases under the arms and explosive acts.
Both Altaf and Muhiuddin denied their involvement with Hannan’s petition.
Hannan was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in an arms and explosive case.

http://www.newagebd.com/front.html#3
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Old October 10, 2005, 04:25 PM
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http://ittefaq.com/news.php?id=130946&sys=3

Militants plan blasts to free arrestees
Harkatul threatens to blow up Khulna installations if Hannan not released


http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/10/11/d5101101033.htm
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Old October 11, 2005, 04:49 PM
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Old October 15, 2005, 02:17 PM
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Minister’s Questionable Link

Editorial: The Bangladesh Observer

On October 8 and 9, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched successive drives to catch a most wanted man. On October 12 and 13, the same person accompanied Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain in the latter's car and participated in the BNP party programmes at Patuakhali. He even had no problem visiting various Durga pandals alongside the minister. Well, at the time of carrying out the search operation in his house by the RAB, nine of his associates were arrested. One of them had warrant against him and the rest were shown arrested under section 54 and sent to the court. He was lucky to escape arrest on both occasions.

How come a most wanted criminal accompanies a minister and also takes part in party programmes? Record however says that this is not for the first time that the commerce minister has been linked to such elements. When he was the home minister, newspapers published pictures of gangs with criminal records accompanying him or having their part in various functions he attended, including his visit to the residence of slain principal Gopal Muhuri in Sylhet. But it was the time when his government consistently denied any link with such elements or the Islamic militants. Now the situation has changed and the government has admitted that not the Opposition but Islamic fundamentalists are carrying out the bomb attacks. Mufti Hannan, the chief of Harkatul Jihad, after his arrest has even made the startling disclosure that he had approached the former home minister courtesy of Madina editor for mercy and the minister assured him there was no danger.

Old habit dies hard. The commerce minister is reluctant to give up his connections with questionable characters. It now becomes increasingly clear that the former home minister has compromised his position ever since his induction into politics on retirement from the air force. When he was removed from the portfolio of home, he is reported to have said that his new assignment in the commerce ministry was a promotion. It matters little if he considers it a promotion or not. What matters most is the integrity of men in positions like the one he holds. Much depends on the personal integrity, accountability and transparency of a minister. Only one minister with dubious links can give a government enough of a bad name. If there are several of them, the government ought to sink under its own weight.

Unfortunately, ministers charged with links with the Islamic militants do not feel they have the obligation to come clean on the charges. The government also does not ask them to step down and prove beyond any reasonable doubt their innocence. It is a strange situation. Far less serious charges brought against ministers cause heads rolling in countries where self-esteem and accountability are the signature mark of public positions. Here the attitude is that once elected, no scandal can uproot the holder of a portfolio. It is because of this, respect for law is at a low ebb. The high and mighty flout laws of the land with impunity and have no accountability to the people. Their double standard has been at the root of most of the social ills and encouraged the rise of the Islamic militants. No further proof is needed to bring Altaf Hossain and the likes of him to trial. He has abused his position and must stand trial. Or else, people will take it as a proof of some of the ministers' link with anti-social elements and Islamic militants. This also confirms the belief that the government does not want to come clean on the issue.
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Old October 19, 2005, 03:12 PM
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Bomb materials found at mosque rest house

"...Police recovered huge quantities of bomb materials from the rest house of a mosque in Sylhet town, 21 hours into Tuesday's bomb attack on a judge in the district, while the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activist caught after the attack admitted to making the attack.

JMB activist Akhtar Hossain, who was caught by pedestrians immediately after he hurled a bomb on Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Biplob Goswami in front of his residence, said in his confessional statement to a magistrate that he did it as part of the JMB's countrywide programme of attacking judges.

"I did it to establish the law of Islam and it is part of our jihad to establish Islam in Bangladesh," he said in the statement.......".

http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/10/20/d5102001033.htm
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Old October 19, 2005, 03:19 PM
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I have always supported the RAB for capturing and punishing these criminals, terrorists and seizing thousands unlawful items including firearms, bombs, ammunition and drugs that had nearly tarnished our nation. At least the present government has done something worthy to fight crime in the country. I just hope RAB too does not give into corruption and keeps up their hard work.
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JMB member Mizanur Rahman Mukul, right, arrested at a boarding house in Faridpur yesterday. CDs and books, left, on warfare in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Chechnya and jihad seized from him.

Faridpur blast kingpin held
"...Police yesterday arrested a member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with huge CDs on warfare and jihad along with letters written in Arabic in Faridpur. Police said the arrestee, Mizanur Rahman Mukul alias Moabia, 30, coordinated bombings at eight spots in Faridpur on August 17...".

http://www.thedailystar.net/2005/10/25/d5102501033.htm
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