According to recent media reports, Mahbubur Rahman Bappi, 28, had his right hand blown off from the wrist when the bomb he was making exploded in Dhaka’s Lalbagh area, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Media reports further identified him as Jatiyobadi Chhatra Dal (student wing of opposition BNP) general secretary of Dhaka’s New Market unit
Succumbing to his injuries, he died at around 5 am on 22 January, 2015, DMCH police outpost in-Charge Mozammel Haque said.
Mofiz Uddin Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Lalbagh division of police, said: “Bappi is a well-known bomb maker in the capital’s Nilkhet and Kataban area. He is better known as Boma Bappi.
However, conflicting reports began to emerge as enquiries were made into the background behind the incident.
Initially, after being injured while making bombs, police claimed that Bappi was a leader of the Chatra Dal, the student wing of BNP. The media outlets were seen publishing this news strictly based on police claims. Soon enough however, word got out from locals that Bappi was not a actually a BNP activist, but that he was rather a part of Awami League Dhaka city Joint Secretary Haji Selim’s faction. Haji Selim is also currently a Member of Parliament from Dhaka-7.
One of Bappi’s associates said the he had been seen collecting money from Haji Selim’s Madina Group office. Bappi was even seen campaigning for Selim in the recent elections held over a year back. It was also gathered from sources that Selim had paid Bappi 2 lakh taka to make bombs.
Haji Selim refused to comment on this situation when contacted over phone, telling the media that they were at liberty to publish whatever they wanted to in this regard.