Four cops testify in Holey Artisan attack case

Staff Correspondent

21 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Monday recorded testimony of four policemen as prosecution witnesses in a case filed over the grisly militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan in 2016.

Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal recorded the deposition of the four who rushed to the scene with their colleagues after militants lay siege to the Holey Artisan Cafe.

They are former inspector (investigation) Wahiduzzaman, sub-inspector Faruk Hossain, assistant sub-inspector Sohagh Hossain and constable Pradip Chandra Das.

Of the four, Wahiduzzaman and Faruk were seriously injured in the grenade attack by the militants during the incident.

Defence lawyers also cross-examined the four after their depositions. A total of 40 witnesses out of 211 have so far testified in the case.

Militants killed 20 innocent people, most of whom are foreigners, in the gruesome attack. Two police officials laid down their lives while trying to save people there. Later, five militants were killed in a commando operation.

Police filed the case under the Anti-Terrorism Act with Gulshan Police Station.

The court opened trial on November 26, 2018 by indicting Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Shariful Islam and Mamunur Rashid.