Another ruling party man was held along with his brother by law enforcers at Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital on early Sunday on charge of storing crude bombs and petrol bombs in a garage.
The Rapid Action Battalion held ruling Awami League-backed student organisation Bangladesh Chhatrra League Jinjira union unit joint convener Nur Hossain, 28, and his brother Kamal Hossain, 40, in a garage at Kadamtali along with four petrol bombs and five crude bombs at about 12:30am.
The two arrested were handed over to Dakkhin Keraniganj police station in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act 2009 by the battalion.
Dhaka judicial magistrate Nazmun Nahar Nipu remanded the Chhatra League leader and his brother in police custody for one day for interrogation.
Dakkhin Keraniganj police officer-in-charge Jamal Udin Mir said that the siblings would be interrogated in police custody.
RAB-10 operation officer Khairul Alam told New Age they were arrested red handed at a garage of CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Kadamkati area.
Dhaka district Chhatra League president Monir Hossain Rajib, however, said that the organisation’s Jinjira union unit joint convener Nur Hossain was picked up by the battalion since he had locked into an altercation with the battalion team over the arrest of his brother Kamal at the garage.
The Awami League is continuously blaming the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies for the arson attacks during blockade and general strikes, while BNP has denied the allegation and called for an international probe, claiming that the government and ruling party men are carrying out the sabotages.
The inspector general of police, AKM Shahidul Hoque, claimed that those who were arrested red handed for acts of sabotage were members of Chhatra Dal, Juba Dal, Chhatra Shibir or men hired by them.
The media reports in many cases said that the ruling Awami League leaders and activists were allegedly found involved in sabotage.
A number of leaders and activists of Awami League-backed organisations were allegedly involved in making, storing and selling crude bombs or petrol bombs.
Three fingers of the left hand of Government Azizul Haque College unit Chhatra League activist Khairul Islam Sohag, a first year student, were blown off in a blast at his house at Dhawakola Namapara in Bogra on February 10. He was allegedly making crude bombs.
The police freed Jagnnath union unit Awami Juba League president Manik and activist Babul a few hours after they were held with petrol bombs at Jagannathdighi of Chauddagram upazila in Comilla on February 5.
On February 4, four AL leaders and activists including ward unit vice-president Rahmat Ullah were injured while making crude bombs at Chonab union at Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj, reported the Daily Jugantor. They were later hospitalised.
District Awami League president Amir Hossain Bhuiyan denied that they were ruling party men.
The Chuadanga police arrested Juba League activist Mijanur Rahman Mijan at Marufdaha village of Jiban Nagar upazila with two crude bombs on February 4, reported Daily Samakal.
The police arrested Nuralapur union Awami Muktijoddha League vice-president Zehar Ali’s son Md Masum in Madhabdi municipal area and recovered five petrol bombs on January 30.
Source: New Age