Torching of Bus: Cops identify 3 ‘arsonists’

Police yesterday claimed to have identified from CCTV footage three arsonists who were allegedly involved in torching a bus in the capital’s Paltan on November 12.

Meanwhile, police recovered 31 crude bombs from an under-construction building in Uttara’s Sector-10 yesterday afternoon. A bomb disposal unit of police defused those later.

An additional deputy commissioner (Motijheel division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police last night told The Daily Star that they identified more arsonists and were conducting drives to arrest them.

He said the CCTV footage shows that two young men in trousers and shirts threw something inside a parked bus in Paltan and a fire broke out in the vehicle on November 12.

On Thursday, police arrested two Jubo Dal men — Mamun, general secretary of Dhaka city’s ward-54, and activist Suman.

Gleaning information from them, DB police recovered the 31 crude bombs from a flat on the third floor of the six-storey under-construction building around 5:00pm yesterday, police said.

Later, the bomb disposal unit of DMP’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit defused them, Kazi Shafiqul Alam, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch of DMP, told this paper.

Police earlier arrested a man named Sohel Rana in connection with a bomb blast near a polling centre in Uttara during the by-polls to Dhaka-18 on November 12.

During interrogation, Rana disclosed some names, including Mamun and Sumon, who were involved in the bomb blast, said the DB official.

Shafiqul said Mamun and Sumon had been involved in making crude bombs since 2012 and they also made the 31 crude bombs.

Police were trying to identify those who directed the two Jubo Dal men to make the bombs, added the police official.

Law enforcers have so far filed 18 cases against more than 1,000 people, mostly leaders and activists of BNP and its affiliated bodies, with different police stations in the city over torching of buses and carrying out subversive activities.

The cases were filed on November 12 and 13.


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