December 2, 2020, 6:46 am

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Pallabi blast suspects on 14-day remand

A Dhaka court has granted the police 14 days to grill the three men who were carrying an explosive device which went off at Pallabi Police Station, leaving five people injured.

Metropolitan Magistrate Moinul Islam issued the remand order on Thursday after rejecting the suspects' bail pleas in two cases under the illegal firearms and explosives law.

The suspects, identified as Shahidul Islam, 23, Rafiqul Islam, 40, and Mosharraf Hossain, 26, were arrested during a raid near Kalshi graveyard at Pallabi on Wednesday.

Police seized two pistols, four bullets and a device that looked like a weighing machine.

During the interrogation, the arrestees revealed that the device had a bomb inside. The bomb disposal unit inspected the device but the explosive went off before a second team of specialists could arrive, DMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam told media.

A police inspector and four others were injured in the explosion, creating panic among the people in the neighbourhood.

During the hearing, court police's General Recording Officer SI Selim Hossain said, "They (the suspects) are professional criminals. They are named in several other cases. They should be remanded in the interests of a proper investigation."

Lawyers Shamimul Islam and Wazed Ali represented the accused in court. They contended that all the suspects had been arrested 'long ago' but were not sent to court within stipulated 24 hours, violating the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Constitution.

The counsels also expressed fears that the police would "torture" the accused if they were remanded.

The judge remanded the three accused for seven days in each of the two cases against them, said Jafor Hossain, deputy commissioner of DMP's Prosecution Division.

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