Police have pressed charges against eight suspects over the bloody militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery, which led to the deaths of 20 hostages, mostly foreigners.
The charge sheet has been placed before a local court on Monday morning after all formalities were completed, said Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Chief Monirul Islam, whose unit led the investigation, at a press conference at Minto Road.
Six of the living suspects are currently in prison, while two are absconding, he said.
Those made accused are: “Neo-Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh” operatives Rakibul Islam Regan, Hadisur Rahman Sagor, Jahangir Hossain Rajeeb alias Rajeeb Gandhi, Aslam Hossain Rashed alias Rash, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahfuj, Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan, and Mamunur Rashid alias Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled, a former student of the English department at Rajshahi University.
Meanwhile, Prof Hasnat Karim of North South University was dropped from the charge sheet as “investigation could not relate him with the militant activity”.
On July 1, 2016, a group of militants laid siege to the Gulshan café and killed 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners. Two other police officers also lost their lives.