Vol. 5 Num 552 Thu. December 15, 2005  
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Babar takes U-turn to term Yadav innocent

In a U-turn from his earlier knee-jerk reaction, State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said that Yadav Das who was killed in December 8 suicide bombing in Netrakona was innocent.

The investigation carried out following the attack reveals that Yadav was innocent, the state minister told reporters at his secretariat office.

"I was requested to make comments after I was told by doctors and local journalists that wire was wrapped around his body," Babar said.

Following the Netrakona blast on December 8, Babar said that the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) added a new dimension by engaging members of minority community in its suicide squad.

"We witness the emergence of a Hindu militant who also died in the blast," Babar told BBC Bangla Service on December 8, referring to the Netrakona suicide bomber as Yadav Biswas.

Wire was tied around his whole body and the evidence of the bombings showed he was a JMB man and Hindu, said the minister, adding, "The JMB has been speaking about an ideology. But now it is a new dimension. We need to look into it well."

Yadav Das, a cycle mechanic in Netrakona town, was coaxed to go to the scene after a bomb was recovered and fell victim with several others when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a gathering of people that included police and journalists.

Barhatta police on Friday night asked Satyen Chandra Das and Biplob Das, Yadav's father and brother, to come to the police station and detained them at dawn on Saturday when they showed up to meet the officer-in-charge.

Police released them on Sunday night when media investigations revealed that the claim of the state minister and the police were not based on facts.

BDNEWS adds: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded immediate trial, punishment and resignation of State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar for uttering a "falsehood" about Yadav, who was killed in the suicide bombing in Netrakona.

The State Minister for Home had tried to stage "Yadav drama" to protect the fundamentalist and extremist terrorists and militants, SCBA Secretary advocate M Enayetur Rahim said.