Fakhrul, Khasru denied bail

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury are surrounded by policemen on the premises of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in the capital on Monday.

Court Correspondent :
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and the party’s Standing Committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury in a case filed with Paltan Police Station in connection with assaulting law enforcers in the capital on October 28.

Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury of Dhaka CMM Court also turned down remand pleas for the two BNP leaders and allowed police to quiz the leaders at the jail gate during two days.

Earlier, Mirza Fakhrul and Amir Khasru were shown arrested in the case as Paltan Police Station Sub-Inspector Sumit Kumar Saha, and also Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, placed an application today which was submitted on Saturday.

In the remand application, the IO said leaders and activists of BNP and its front organizations, as per direction from Mirza Fakhrul and Amir Khasru, attacked the police and assaulted them on October 28.

So, they are required to be remanded to find vital clues about the incident and to know whereabouts of other fugitives responsible for committing such offences, said the IO.

Opposing the remand appeal, defense lawyer Mohsin Miah told the court that Fakhrul is elderly and has been suffering from different ailments, including heart disease, while Amir Khasru has been suffering from different ailments.

Moreover, the charges brought against them are false and fabricated. They were implicated in the case just for political harassment, the lawyer added.

After hearing both the sides, the court ordered police to send the two elderly leaders to the jail.


Earlier in the day, Mirza Fakhrul and Amir Khasru were brought to the court from jail and kept inside the lockup of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka around 1:00 pm, said Sub-Inspector Shahidul Islam, in-charge of the lockup of the CMM court.

On Sunday, Sub-Inspector Sumit Kumar Saha of Paltan Police Station and also Investigation Officer of the case, submitted an application in the court to show Fakhrul and Khasru arrested in the case.

According to the case statement, leaders and activists of BNP and its front organizations, as per direction from Fakhrul and Khasru, gathered in front of Paltan Model Police Station during a political programme around 3:00 pm on October 28.

They then blasted crude bombs, attacked the police station, assaulted police personnel and prevented the law enforcers from discharging their duties.

After the incident, police filed a case against Fakhrul, Amir Khasru and 102 others with Paltan Police Station.

On October 29, Fakhrul was arrested in connection with the case filed with Ramna Model Police Station about the attack on the residence of the Chief Justice of the country during a clash between BNP men and law enforcers on October 28.

On November 3, detectives detained Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury from Gulshan.

Later in the day, he was placed on a six-day remand in connection with a case filed over the death of a constable in a clash during the party’s grand rally on October 28. He was later sent to the jail.