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Militant snatch

Main coordinator captured

Published : 24 Nov 2022 09:30 PM | Updated : 25 Nov 2022 12:36 AM

Mehdi Hasan Ami also known as Rafi (24), assigned the responsibility as the main coordinator in the abduction of two militants from a court premises in Dhaka, has been arrested.

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) of the police made the arrest on Thursday at around 12 o'clock, Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department (CTTC) chief Md. Asaduzzaman disclosed at a press conference at Minto Road Media Center in the capital. 

The CTTC chief said that Rafi had already planned to kidnap the militants. Ami, known as Rafi, also took a huge amount of money to the court that day for the transportation of the militant members. On the day of the abduction, he also gave a huge amount of money to the fleeing militants. 

Arrested Mehdi Hasan had directly participated in abducting the two militants. He is a member of the military wing of Ansar al-Islam. His home is in Sylhet. He also participated in the mission to kill blogger Nazimuddin Samad, a law student of Jagannath University.

Mehdi regularly appeared in the court in the pending cases of militant accused and used to communicate with other accused and inform them about the organization's plans. 

Police produced him in court on Thursday (November 24). After that, the investigating officer, Inspector Muhammad Abul Kalam Azad of the CTTC sought a remand for 10 days for proper investigation of the case. After the hearing, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shafi Uddin granted a 7-day remand. 

On Sunday (November 20) noon, the leaders of the banned militant organization Ansar Al Islam (Ansarullah Bangla Team) Mainul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran and Abu Siddique Sohail alias Shakib alias Sajid alias Shahab were abducted by their cohorts from a crowded court in Old Dhaka. A red alert has been issued across the country in search of these militants. Besides, Police Headquarters and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) formed two separate investigation committees.