A Dhaka court has remanded in police custody the organising chief of Jama’tul Mujahideen Bangladesh Anwar Alam, alias Anwar Hossain Khoka alias Bhagne Shahid, for four days in a case related to the attempted murder of writer Humayun Azad.
Judge SKM Tofael Hassan Hasan of Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court granted the remand at noon on Tuesday.
Md Mostafizur Rahman, inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department of police (CID) and the investigation officer in the case, applied for a 7-day remand.
There was no lawyer in court acting for Bhagne Shahid and no pleas were made on his behalf.
The remand petition stated that Alam needed to be cross-examined in the presence of Jama’tul Mujahideen chief Saidur Rahman and Jamaat-e-Islami executive committee member Delwar Hossain Sayedee, to clarify some details about the incident. The petition suggested that a 7-day remand for interrogation was urgent.
A Dhaka court, on Sunday, had granted the Criminal Investigation Department two days to question JMB member Hafez Mahmud, alias Rakib Hasan, in connection with the same case.
JMB’s central committee member Salahuddin (a.k.a Salehin) was also taken in police custody for four days in connection with the case. Another JMB member Minhajur Rahman Shaon was questioned by the CID at the jail gate.
Bhagne Shahid was presented before the court under strict protection.
The remand petition had detailed that Humayun Azad’s ‘Pak Sar Zamin Sar Baad’ was published in the Eid issue of the Bangla newspaper Daily Ittefaq on Nov 20, 2003.
After which, it was claimed, Sayedee had delivered instigating speeches against Azad in the parliament, and given several sermons on different occasions across the country. The Jamaat leader had also suggested the formulation of a blasphemy law to deal with people like Azad..
It went on to state that on Feb 27, 2004, a few days after Sayedee’s “hate-filled speeches”, some unidentified assailants attacked Azad with sharp weapons in front of the Bangla Academy, while he was returning from the Ekushey Book Fair, leaving him seriously injured.
While undergoing treatment, Azad had alleged to reporters that Sayedee may have had a hand in the attack.
The pre-eminent writer later died in Munich in Germany on Aug 11, 2004.
On Nov 14, 2007 when the BNP-led government was in power, two charge sheets were submitted making JMB leaders Abdur Rahman, Ataur Rahman Sunny, Mizanur Rahman Minhaz and Anwar Alam alias Anwar Hossain Khoka the chief defendants.
Later on Oct 20 last year, Azad’s brother Manjur Kabir claimed the real culprits behind the murder were not included in the charge sheet and applied for a new investigation to take place, which was granted.