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‘Red alert’ issued in capital to arrest two fugitive militants

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has issued ‘red alert’ in the capital in connection with the snatching of two death-row convicts from the Dhaka’s Judge Court premises late Sunday (November 20, 2022) morning.

DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruque confirmed it on Sunday afternoon.

He said, “We have issued red alert. A probe committee has been formed to investigate the incident. Each police station and other units have been asked to set up checkposts to nab the convicts.”

Meanwhile, directive was sent to the sub-ordinate courts across the country at the order of the chief justice to strengthen their security so that any untoward incident happens.

Earlier, two death-row convicts in publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan murder case escaped from Dhaka court premise spraying burning substance into the eyes of policemen.

The condemned convicts are Mainul Hasan Shamim of Madhabpur under Chhatak upazila in Sunamganj district and Abu Siddique Sohel Sakib of village Bheteshwar under Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat district.

They are members of the banned militant organization Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Md Faruk Hossain said a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime  (CTTC) brought the convicts to the court premises at about 12noon. They were scheduled to be produced before the Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal. Suddenly, four people went there and snatched the convicts spraying burning substance into the eyes of on-duty police personnel. They instantly left the place boarding on two motorcycles.

“Checkposts have been set up at all exit points of Dhaka city,” Faruk Hossain added.

Dipan was brutally hacked to death at the Jagriti Prokashoni office on the second floor of Aziz Super Market in Shahbagh on October 31, 2015.

On February 10 last year, a tribunal in Dhaka sentenced eight accused, including the escaped two, to death for killing Dipan.