Vol. 5 Num 272 Thu. March 03, 2005  
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Investigators raid Galib's house, office, madrasa
Gather 'evidence trove'; probe implicates unnamed Islamist group in grenade attack on Rangpur Brac office

Investigators from the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in Dhaka, allied with police from Rajshahi, Bogra and Gopalganj, seized a huge trove of evidence during a raid on the house and madrasa of militant kingpin Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib at Naodapara yesterday.

Galib himself remains under questioning by JIC in Dhaka but details could not be obtained.

In other developments, an unnamed Islamist militant group has been implicated by a three-member probe body investigating the February 16 grenade attack on a Brac office at Darsana, Rangpur.

Amid tight security, the law enforcers raided the offices of monthly At-Tahreek at Galib's home and of Ahle Hadith Jubo Sangha (AHJS), Salafi Madrasa and its student hostels for three hours beginning at 2:00pm.

A well-placed source in the police said Galib gets a huge foreign donation with which he runs around 600 mosques, madrasas and health centres.

Intelligence officials have already checked Galib's bank account and might freeze it soon.

During interrogation by JIC, Galib is giving confusing statements about the attacks on NGOs and cultural functions saying only that all these could be done by Moulana Abdur Rahman, spiritual leader of Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, sources said.

Galib was also quoted as saying 11 of his operatives took training from Abdur Rahman although he had asked them not to do so as Islam does not permit such activities.

The evidence seized from Galib's property includes several computer hard disks, SIM cards from two mobile phone sets, several large volumes on jihad and military training, books on activities of Ahle Hadith Andlon Bangladesh (Ahab) and AHJS, as well as official documents, including correspondence from Ahab, AHJS and Salafi Madrasa.

Police took away the seized things in several large bags, some of which might be sent to JIC, one source said.

Two investigators from JIC participated in the raids.

Asked if the documents can legally be given to JIC, one source said the investigating officials concerned will carry the documents to the JIC only to use them as exhibits before court.

Top police officials remained tight-lipped about the raid but confirmed they did not find any arms or ammunition.

The law enforcers also seized some plates installed in the press to publish posters against the Prothom Alo and Dainik Janakantha from the office of At-Tahreek.

Earlier, a metropolitan magistrate's court in Rajshahi issued a search warrant after police inspector Ahsanullah of Bogra submitted a prayer following a requisition from Kotalipara Police Station (PS) of Gopalganj and Gabtali PS of Bogra.

Newsmen and photojournalists were not allowed to enter the compound, and were even barred from walking on Rajshahi Road, on which the madrasa and Ahab offices are situated.

Meanwhile, the three-member probe body investigating the grenade attack on the Rangpur office of Brac on February 16 submitted a report to the superintendent of police of Rangpur on Sunday indicating involvement of an Islamist militant group, our correspondent in Rangpur reports.

The body, headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Rafiqul Islam, did not disclose the name of the militant group when it submitted its report 11 days after its formation.

One of the probe-body members, on condition of anonymity, said the body cannot name the Islamist group because there are no witnesses to the incident. But due to the letters 'JMG' inscribed on the cover of the grenades, it concluded that the planned attack might have been the act of an Islamist militant group.

Moreover, the Detective Branch of police and four other agencies have been interrogating two Jamaetul Mujahedeen members for six days but have failed to bring out any information regarding their involvement in anti-state activities.

Investigators from the Joint Interrogation Cell, Dhaka search a madrasa of Islamist militant kingpin Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib at Naodapara in Rajshahi yesterday under a tight police guard. PHOTO: STAR