No evidence of terror link has been found against the Bangladeshi businessman who was deported by the Malaysian authorities on September 2, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said today.
Piyar Ahmed Akash, was a wanted criminal in an arms case but there is no evidence of his terrorist link, the DMP Commissioner told reporters at a debate programme at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) of Dhaka’s Tejgaon.
The DMP boss said: “We had requested Interpol for arresting Akash, who went there four-five years back despite arrest warrant against him. On its red notice, Malaysia authorities deported him early this month.”
“There is no evidence that he is involved in the militant attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan or any militant activities,” he said.
Malaysian newspaper The Star, on Thursday, reported that “A Bangladeshi man, who was among the four arrested for terror links, had met the suspect involved in an attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, two months ago”.
Asked about the report, Asaduzzaman said: “We don’t know what the Malaysian newspaper reported. But till now we haven’t found his link with the Holey Artisan Bakery attack.”
“Even Malaysia hasn’t informed us formally or officially about such details. But we will scrutinise the matter,” he added.
Akash was accused in two arms cases around 11 years back. He was made an accused in the cases filed with Feni Sadar Police Station and Sudharam Police Station in Noakhali in 2005 for stealing two AK-47 rifles from 10 truckloads of sophisticated weapons seized in Chittagong on April 2, 2004.
Akash from Nayanpur village of Dagon Bhuiyan upazila in Feni was arrested by law enforcers with an AK-47 rifle on September 18, 2005. Later, he came out of prison on bail and fled to Malaysia in 2007.