Vol. 5 Num 264 Wed. February 23, 2005  
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Shrine Blast
Two arrestees remanded

Two people arrested in connection with the grenade explosion at a shrine in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar were put on a seven-day remand yesterday.

Maruf Mohammed Ishaque, 22, a student of Jamea Islamia Karmadha Madrasa and also an Imam of Kanikiari Mosque of the area and Hafez Md Qumrul Islam, 40, a teacher of Dar-us-Salam Madrasa in Sylhet were produced before a first class magistrate court with a 10-day remand prayer.

The two detainees had confessed their involvement with the grenade explosion at Shaidingi shrine at Prithimpasa Nawab Bari in Kulaura on February 20 where a day-long Ashura programme was held, Police said.

Additional Superintendent of Police of Moulvibazar Harun-Ur-Rashid said police are testing the important clues they found from the arrested persons.

Nawab Ali Abbas Khan, a former Jatiya Party lawmaker and a member of the Prithimpasa Nawab family said it may be an act of an extremist Islamist fundamentalist group.

Tajia procession, the main part of the Ashura programme was declared 'Bedat' through fatwa several times in the past, he added.