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Sonali Bank robber remanded

Officially identified as Yusuf

Staff Correspondent

The Kishoreganj judicial court yesterday addressed the man behind the Sonali Bank heist as Yusuf Munshi instead of Habib or Sohel and placed him on a seven-day remand.
After the bank was found looted on Sunday, police filed a case identifying him as Habib alias Sohel, said Abdul Malek, officer-in-charge of Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station.
“We have contacted Patuakhali police and came to know that he is known as Yusuf Munshi at his village home there,” said the OC, also investigation officer of the case.
Magistrate Hamidul Islam also placed Yusuf's brother Idris on a seven-day remand when police prayed to remand each of them for 10 days, reported our Kishoreganj correspondent.
The siblings were arrested by Rapid Action Battalion in the capital's Shyampur with Tk 16.19 crore on Tuesday and handed them over to Kishoreganj police Wednesday afternoon.
The OC said they were working to recover the rest of the looted amount of Tk 16.40 crore.
Meanwhile, the police officer said Yusuf had a fixed deposit receipt (FDR) account of Tk 2 lakh with the Sonali Bank branch in Kishoreganj town.


Quoting a bank official, he said Yusuf closed the account in 2011 and used the fake name "Habib" when he opened it. Police have asked for the details of the account, he added.
Meanwhile, after primary interrogation, Kishoreganj police yesterday released 12 Sonali Bank officers and owner of the house, which Yusuf rented to rob the bank by digging an underground tunnel to the vault. They were taken to police custody on Monday.
The OC said they were yet to take any decision regarding the eight suspended policemen who were stationed in the bank the night before the looting was exposed.

Published: 12:01 am Friday, January 31, 2014

Last modified: 3:33 am Friday, January 31, 2014

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