Ramna blast: Condemned convict held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested a condemned convict in Ramna Batamul carnage case in Dhaka early this morning.
Maulana Abu Bakar alias Selim Hawlader, a top leader of banned outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji), was picked up from his Keraniganj resident around 2:30am, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, director at the Rab's legal and media wing.
Mufti Mahmud was speaking at a press briefing at the elite force’s Uttara headquarters in the afternoon.
Abu Bakar is also a charge-sheeted accused in the August 21 grenade attack case, Captain Maksudul Alam, assistant director of Rab's Legal and Media Wing said.
Alam said he was also a close associate to Huji top leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, who was sentenced to death in the case filed for killing 10 people in the attack during Pahela Baishakh celebrations at Ramna Batamul on the first day of Bangla year in 2001.
A court in Dhaka on June 23 awarded death penalty to eight operatives of Huji including Hannan and Abu Bakar and life term imprisonment to six others in the case.
In the press briefing, Abu Bakar claimed he was not involved in the Ramna Batamul carnage and August 21 grenade attack cases.