DHAKA: Former acting commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) SM Mizanur Rahman said former home state minister Lutfozzaman Babar might have involved in the August 21 grenade attack.
He came up with the statement while giving his deposition in the 21 August grenade attack case before Judge Shahed Noor of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1.
He said, “Babar along with some other persons might have involved with the attack as he ordered the army experts to defuse two fresh grenades recovered from the spot.”
“His quick decision of defusing the grenades proved that he was trying to destroy the evidences,” he said.
In his two-hour-long statement, Mizanur said Babar did not take any initiatives for deployment of sufficient law enforcement agencies to ensure security to the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21 in 2004.
When Mizanur attempted to take action against Obaidur Rahman, the then deputy commission (east) of DMP, and other authorities concerned, in connection with the grenade attack, Babar and the then IGP Shahidul Haque prevented him from doing this, he told the court.
After the incident as per his official procedure, Mizanur requested Babar and the IGP to visit the spot. But they discouraged him saying `do not cross your limit`.
Mizanur also told the court that he took an initiative so that the injured victims could file cases against the criminals responsible for the grenade attack, but Babar here also prevented him.
Babar rather directed police to file cases in connection with the attack.
Mizanur will be cross-examined on August 12.
BDST: 1715 HRS, AUG 6, 2012
Edited by: Maria Salam, Asst Output Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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