Mahmudur remanded in Hizbut case

>> Sunday, June 13, 2010

Staff Correspondent, The Daily Star

Detective Branch of police yesterday took Mahmudur Rahman on a four-day remand for his alleged involvement with leaders of banned Hizb ut-Tahrir.

On June 8, Mahmudur, the acting editor of recently closed daily Amar Desh, was shown arrested, and the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court granted the remand in a case filed against several members of the outfit on charges of carrying out militant activities across the country.

The case was filed on April 16 with Uttara Police Station. Hizb-ut Tahrir chief Mohiuddin Ahmed and a few others were also shown arrested in the case, and they were placed on remand several times.

Inspector Nurul Amin, investigation officer of the case, yesterday sought permission from the court to take Mahmudur on the remand for interrogation.

In a forwarding report, Nurul Amin said Mahmudur has a link with Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders including its chief Prof Mohiuddin.

Moreover, the printing press of the daily printed leaflets of the banned organisation, he added.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Magistrate Kamrun Nahar yesterday rejected a bail petition filed by Mahmudur after Tejgoan police produced him before the court on expiry of a three-day remand.

Earlier, he was taken on the remand in connection with a case filed for preventing the police from discharging their duties on June 2.

During the yesterday's hearing on the bail petition, Mahmudur told the court that he was taken to Cantonment Police Station though Tejgoan police took him on the remand.

He was tortured in the name of interrogation, Mahmudur said.

On June 8, he was also remanded for four days in another case filed for holding a “secret meeting” with various government officials of different levels on November 24, 2006 at the office of Artisan Ceramics Ltd in the city's Uttara area.

Tejgoan police arrested Mahmudur from Amar Desh office in Karwan Bazar on June 2 after the daily's publisher Hasmat Ali Hashu filed a fraud case against him.


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