Sheikh Mohammad Enamul Haque, a death-row convict in the case filed over an attempt to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by planting two big bombs at Kotalipara in Gopalganj in 2000, was arrested in Uttara area of the capital on Saturday night.
The fugitive convict was hunted down from his hideout nearly 22 years after the horrendous incident.
“Enamul had good relations with Mufti Hannan, kingpin of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Bangladesh (HuJI,B) who was executed in 2013,” he said.
“He (Enamul) and Hannan’s brother Anis jointly founded a factory ‘Sonar Bangla Chemical Industries’ in BSCIC area to manufacture toothpaste, tooth powder, candle and soap,” he added.
“In July 2000, Mufti Hannan and some other senior militant leaders visited the factory several times and held secret meetings to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, aiming to oust the democratic government. Enamul took part in the meetings,” Moin said.
Later, explosive substances and bomb-making materials were brought to the factory in the name of bringing soap-making chemicals, the RAB director mentioned.
After that, the militants made two big bombs weighing 76kg and 40kg in two iron drums of the factory, he said.
After the seizure of the bombs, three separate cases were filed with Kotalipara Police Station. On March 23 last year, a court awarded death sentence to 14 accused, including Enamul.
After the filing of the cases, Enamul moved to Mohammadpur area of the capital and kept himself hid for some months.
Later, he moved to Salna in Gazipur where he worked as imam for several mosques for eight years by claiming himself as a Kari though he had general education background.
Moreover, he became a voter of the area by changing his name as Sheikh Mohammad Enamul Karim and permanent address as South Salna at Salna Bazar.
He also taught at Gazipur Homeo College as a lecturer for two years, but he claimed himself as the ex-principal of the college.
When law enforcers began to conduct raids on Salna area for arresting militants in 2010, he moved to Banasree in the capital and later to Uttara where he founded a fake homeo college named ‘I K Homeo College’ in 2015.
In 2020, he closed the college and set up Cancer Cure Centre where he used to provide treatment within his own circle for various diseases, including cancer and AIDS.
In response to a question how he could hide himself despite being an accused in a sensational case, the officer said, “This is an old case and arrest of the accused of such a case may be delayed due to complexity in scrutinising their information.”