A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday issued a show cause notice to the jail authorities for their failure to produce Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, one of eight accused in the Holey Artisan cafe' attack case, before it on two consecutive dates.
Judge Mojibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka passed the order.
On August 8, the jail authorities could not produce the accused nor could show any reason behind it. The tribunal also asked the jail authorities concerned to explain by August 29 why they failed to produce him twice.
Yesterday, the tribunal also directed the officers-in-charge of Bagmara police in Rajshahi and Nandigram police in Bogra to submit reports by August 29 on execution of the warrants issued against two fugitives -- Shariful Islam Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.
On August 8, the tribunal accepted the charge sheet against eight militants and issued arrest warrants against the two. The tribunal relieved private university teacher Abul Hasnat Reza Karim of the charges as the IO did not include his name in the charge sheet.
On July 23, Inspector Humayun Kabir of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, also the case's investigation officer, pressed charges against the eight.
The other six accused are behind bars. They are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan and Hadisur Rahman Sagar.
On July 1, 2016, armed militants stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital's Gulshan and killed 20 hostages, mostly foreign nationals. Two police officials were also killed during the 12-hour standoff.