Militants’ escape: Mehedi placed on 7-day remand
A Dhaka court today placed Mehedi Hasan Omi, allegedly a member of Ansar al-Islam, on a seven-day remand in a case filed with Dhaka's Kotwali Police Station over the snatching of two death-row convicts from the court premises.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Shafiuddin passed the order after Abul Kalam Azad, inspector of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before it with a 10-day remand prayer.
In the remand prayer, the IO said the accused was directly involved in snatching away the convicts from the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court of Dhaka when they were being taken to the prison cell of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on November 20.
"That is why he needs to be remanded to find out vital clues about the whereabouts of others who were also involved in the snatching away the convicts," the IO added.
Counterterrorism officials arrested Mehedi in Jatrabari area yesterday, three days after the two convicts -- Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran and Abu Siddiq Sohel -- were whisked away from police custody.
Mehedi Hasan Omi alias Rafi was a charge-sheeted accused along with 19 other operatives of banned outfit Ansar Al Islam, including the two escaped militants, in a case filed with Mohammadpur Police Station under the Anti-Terrorism Act in 2016.
Mehedi got out on bail in mid-2017.