The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has claimed that under the instructions of Youth Dal President Sultan Salah Uddin Tuku, the railway line was sabotaged in Bankhuria area of Sreepur, Gazipur, on Dhaka-Mymensingh railway route.
Additional Commissioner of Police said these things in a press briefing after the arrest of two people and the recovery of railway line cutting equipment yesterday in this incident. Asaduzzaman. This press briefing was held at DMP Media Center on Minto Road in the capital on Monday morning.
CTTC’s special action group arrested them after conducting a raid in Shanirakhra Kachabazar area of the capital on Sunday evening. The arrestees are the former vice-president of the Chhatra Dal and the current leader of the Youth Dal. Ikhtiar Rahman Kabir and Dhaka’s Lalbagh Police Station No. 24 Chhatra Dal President Md. Emon Hossain. Railway cutting equipment was recovered from them during the arrest.
Police said that they were sent to the court after the arrest.
Additional Commissioner of Police. Asaduzzaman said, ‘In the early morning of December 13, miscreants cut the railway line in Bankharia area of Sreepur, Gazipur as part of the ongoing strike-blockade of BNP. In this, 7 coaches of Mohanganj Express derailed and one person was killed and 12 others were injured. Train services were stopped for 26 hours in this incident.
According to the plan of creating terror and massive loss of life among the general public by vandalizing the railway line, the former vice-president of the Youth Party, Sultan Salah Uddin Tuku Chhatra Dal. Ikhtiar Rahman contacted Kabir. He told Kabir that there is pressure to do something big from the top of the party. Then Md. Ikhtiar Rahman contacted former convenor of Kabir Azimuddin College Chhatra Dal and Masum, organizing secretary of Gazipur Mahanagar Chhatra Dal. According to the plan, they bought all the tools for cutting the railway line from Dhaka’s Nawabpur market and gas cylinders from Gazipur.
Additional Police Commissioner of CTTC said, ‘Toha and Masum took the railway cutting equipment from Eman’s house to Gazipur on December 12. On the same day, Kabir and Eamon left Kamalapur railway station and reached Joydevpur railway station. On reaching there, Toha and Masum, who had already stayed at the station with the microbus, left with them to cut the railway line. They picked up several people from different places on the way in the microbus. Later, around 12:30 in the night, they left the microbus beside a forest in Bankharia area and went to the spot on foot with all the equipment. There, leaving two people on the mountain, with the help of others, Emon cut the railway line between 3 and 4 in the night. At the end of the work, they left the two gas cylinders there and returned to the car along with other tools. Two days after the incident, Kabir called Emon and met him in Chawkbazar area and asked him to go into hiding with Tk 3,000.
Quoting the preliminary investigation, the Additional Commissioner of Police further said, ‘Kabir said he was the mastermind and mastermind behind the burning of cars in Demra, Jatrabari, Newmarket, Elephant Road and Banshal areas of Dhaka. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of planning, directing and paying for arson in these areas. In addition, while trying to set fire to the bus in Banshal Thana area, Md. was arrested red-handed. Ikhtiar Rahman Kabir’s name has also appeared in Jamal Hossain’s confessional statement.