Published:  04:55 AM, 01 December 2019

IS caps not supplied from prison

Says jail authority

IS caps not supplied from prison Two convicts of the Holey Artisan attack case were seen wearing black caps with IS symbol after the verdict was announced on 27 November. -Collected

Jail authority has informed after investigations that the caps bearing Islamic State (IS) symbol worn by two convicts in Holey Artisan attack case on 27 November were not provided from inside the prison. The investigation report will be officially submitted today. 

Additional Inspector General of Prison Colonel Abrar Hossain provided this information on Saturday while speaking to media. He said that the inquiry report would be handed over to Inspector General of Prison Brigadier General AKM Mostafa Kamal Pasha on Sunday. A committee of three members investigated the incident, Colonel Abrar Hossain further said.

Colonel Abrar Hossain stated that the jail authority has scrutinized the footages of close circuit cameras installed at different parts of the prison. None of the convicts were seen carrying any caps according to Colonel Abrar. 

The verdict over the militant attack on Holey Artisan Café was issued on Wednesday. The court accorded death penalty to seven accused persons. Two of the convicts were seen wearing black caps on the court premises that clearly showed the symbol of Islamic State (IS) after the verdict.

It remains a question how this cap with IS symbol reached the convicts who were under police custody. The behavior of the accused militants was arrogant before and after the verdict.

Armed militants besieged Holey Artisan Café in Gulshan, Dhaka on 1st July 2016. The militants killed 22 people during the siege among whom there were 17 foreigners. An operation by Army commandos put an end to the siege after 12 hours. All the five militants were killed during the commando operation. 

The seven militants that were conferred death penalty on Wednesday are Jahangir Hossain alias Rajib Gandhi, Aslam Hossain alias Rash, Abdus Sabur Khan, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Hadisur Rahman, Shariful Islam alias Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.

Another accused over the case named Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan has been acquitted. One of the accused showed a "V" sign raising his fingers while he was being taken to the courtroom from police custody.

The lawyers advocating for the state informed that the accused chanted the slogan "naraye takvir" in the courtroom. One of the accused said in a high voice after the verdict, "Allahu Akbar, we have not done anything wrong."

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