CID hunts for IDP adviser Azizul Huq
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday night raided the residence of Kazi Azizul Huq, an adviser of Islamic Democratic Party (IDP) and a close associate of IDP Chief Sheikh Abdus Salam who is now being grilled on a remand in August 21 grenade attack case.
During the raid that was conducted following an information from Salam, the CID men could not arrest Azizul as he had gone out of his residence, but seized some important documents and a computer's hard disk, said a source close to the IDP leaders.
The CID also interrogated one of Azizul's two sons for around three hours yesterday at CID office to know his father's whereabouts and his links with banned militant outfit Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HuJi) Bangladesh.
However, it could not be ascertained whether the CID has found any link of Azizul with the deadly grenade attacks that left 23 Awami League leaders and workers killed and scores injured.
Azizul played a key role in sending Bangladeshi youths to fight Afghan war from 1984 to 1992. He also played a key role in 2006 and during the last caretaker government tenure to bring Huji men in open politics floating the IDP, sources said.
The source also said a team led by an assistant superintendent searched the house for three hours from 12 midnight.
When contacted last night, CID ASP Abdul Kahar Akond, also the investigation officer of the case, did not admit raiding Azizul's residence and questioning his son.
HUJI MAN REMANDED
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday placed alleged Huji member Abdul Majid on a five-day remand in connection with the grenade attack case. The CID sought for a 10-day remand.
Majid, held from the city's Uttara area on January 6 in connection with an arms case, was shown arrested in the grenade attack case following a confessional statement of Abdus Salam.
Investigation officer of the case in a forwarding placed before the court yesterday said during interrogation Salam told the CID that Majid was not only present in the meeting where a plan was made to explode the grenades on the rally but also he supplied the Arges grenades that were used in the attacks.
Abdul Majid was shown arrested in the case on Tuesday following an appeal filed by the CID. The IO prayed for a ten-day remand to interrogate him.
Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was being interrogated on a remand in the third phase while IDP leader Salam was on a four-day remand in the second phase.
DCC Ward Councillor Ariful Islam Arif was remanded for five days' for the first time in the grenade attack case.