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Fakhrul-Amir Khasru’s arrest and remand hearing today

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A hearing on the 10-day remand application including the arrest of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and the party’s Standing Committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in a case of sabotage of the capital’s Paltan Police Station is scheduled today.

The matter will be heard in Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Monday afternoon. Mirza Fakhrul and Amir Khosroo will be brought from jail to the court on Monday for hearing.

Paltan Police Sub-Inspector (ASI) Shah Alam confirmed the matter yesterday and said that investigating officer Paltan Model Police Sub-Inspector Sumit Kumar has applied to arrest Mirza Fakhrul Islam and BNP Standing Committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in the case and take them on 10-day remand. I have sent a production warrant to the jail authorities to produce the accused in the court for hearing in this regard.

Mirza Fakhrul’s lawyer Syed Zainul Abedin Mejbah said that there are 9 other cases similar to the case showing arrest and remand application. In those cases named in the manifesto, we applied for bail in 10 cases on October 13, as the police did not apply to show the arrest even in the last one and a half months. The court asked us to go to the high court without passing any order as the police did not apply for show cause arrest.

Zainul Abedin said, seven cases of Paltan Police Station and three cases of Ramna Model Police Station are among the cases.

On October 28, BNP had a general meeting at Nayapaltan in the capital. Police clashed with BNP leaders and workers from noon in Kakrail before the mass rally began. The clash later spread to Vijayanagar water tank and Shantinagar area. At one stage, the BNP’s general meeting was closed at around three o’clock.

A member of the police along with another person was killed in a bloody clash centered on the BNP’s mass meeting. 41 police and 25 members of Ansar were injured in the clash. Besides, at least 20 other journalists were injured while collecting news. BNP claimed that more than a thousand leaders and workers were injured in the clash.

After that incident, the Intelligence Department (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested Mirza Fakhrul from his home in Gulshan on October 28. After that, when he was produced in the court in the case of vandalism at the residence of the Chief Justice, on October 29, the court rejected his bail application and ordered him to be sent to jail.

Dhaka Metropolitan Detective (DB) police arrested Amir Khosru from his home in Gulshan on November 2. The court granted his 6-day remand on November 3. He was sent to prison after remand on November 9.



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