Vol. 5 Num 633 Fri. March 10, 2006  
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Bangla Bhai now fit to be quizzed
Says Babar

Dreaded militant leader Bangla Bhai, arrested wounded from Mymensingh Monday, is now fit for interrogation, State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar said yesterday.

"The condition of Bangla Bhai is improving and he can be interrogated now," he told the press after the launching ceremony of an extended phase of a project titled 'Enhancing Capacity of Immigration Officials to Combat Irregular Migration in Bangladesh.


He said the government detected some bank accounts of militants but declined to give any details of the investigating. "The investigators are trying to get to the roots of (terror) financing, modes of fund transfer and other related matters."

On fugitive JMB leaders like Khaled Saifullah, Salahuddin and Mahatab Khamaru, Babar said the government is not resting on the laurels of arresting Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai.

"We need to make serious efforts continuously to arrest them. We need some time to get result,"he said.

Asked if the government considered taking actions against alleged patrons of militancy in the ruling alliance, the state minister said, "If we find any evidence of militant-links, we will take actions against them, no matter whoever he is."

He also did not rule out the possibility of investigation into terror financing allegedly by some NGOs. No one will be spared as the government declared war against terrorism, he added.

Law enforcers are likely to take Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman to Sylhet tomorrow or Sunday on completion of remand.

Sylhet Sadar Cognisance Court had placed Rahman on a 10-day remand on March 2 for interrogation in two cases filed under arms and explosives laws after his arrest the same day.

Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, meantime, asked the government to produce Rahman and Bangla Bhai before it on March 21 in two cases under Explosive Substances Act.

Police yesterday took Shabbir Ahmed, 38, who was arrested at Paltan in Dhaka on Wednesday, to Sylhet for interrogation. Earlier he was taken to Brahmanbaria.

Shabbir, a friend of Moizul Islam alias Hridoy Chowdhury who was arrested with Abdur Rahman, was learnt to be a medium of JMB's financial network.

Law enforcers found a chequebook of Shabbir at Rahman's Sylhet hideout. Shabbir opened the account in 1993 with Janata Bank's Brahmanbaria branch.

Sources said the Rab and police have come to know the names of at least 18 JMB cadres in Sylhet region.