Dhaka: Bangladesh Police has claimed that Aslam Hossain Rashed alias Rashidul Islam alias Rash provided weapons to the perpetrator of the Gulshan cafe attack in Dhaka last year.
Rashed belongs to the Neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an Islamic State-inclined terror outfit. Chief of Counter Terrorism Unit Monirul Islam said this at the DMP Media Center in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon. Islam said Neo JMB leader Rashed not just provided weapons but also trained those who carried out the Gulshan Cafe attack as instructed by his bosses.
Where the arms were kept and who financed the attack would be clear only after the investigation is complete. Monirul Islam said that it would be possible to submit the chargesheet if concrete details could be found after the investigation or if Rashed gave a statement in the court.
Rashed is the sixth militant to be taken into custody in this case. He is the last important suspect to get to the final point of investigation, Islam added.
According to police sources, in 2014, Rashed watched an online video on terrorism while he was a student of higher secondary class in Rajshahi New Government Degree College. Later, he left home in the name of a so-called ‘hijrat’, while reading in a private paramedical college.
It was at this point of time that Rashed was introduced to one Tamim Chowdhury by Shariful Islam Khaled. In a few days, he got into the good books of Chowdhury. After the attack on Holey Artisan bakery, Rashed kept changing his locations at frequent intervals to avoid getting traced. Initially he was in Gazipur, later he was hiding in different places in north Bangladesh.
Police said the onus of supplying arms for the Holey Artisan attack was on him. He was also responsible for paying the rent of the houses of Tamim Chowdhury and the attackers.
“Rashed was supposed to take part in Holey Artisan attack with perpetrators Rohan Imtiaz and Nibras. Later, Tamim Chowdhury changed his mind and gave him another responsibility. Rashed trained the perpetrators of Gulshan cafe incident.”