Court grants 7-day remand to grill three female ‘militants’ held in Azimpur

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Dhaka, October 9: A court in Dhaka on Sunday granted seven days police remand to grill in custody three female militant suspects arrested during a raid in city’s Azimpur.

Police produced the three women before a metropolitan magistrate court and sought 10-day remand to quiz.

After hearing the remand petition, Metropolitan Magistrate Md Noor Nabi granted police seven days, Investigation Officer and also Additional Commissioner of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Md Ehsanul Haq told reporters.

The remanded suspects are Abedatul Fatema Khadiza, wife of suspected Neo-Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh leader Tanvir Qaderi, suspected coordinator of Gulshan cafe terror attack Nurul Islam Marjan’s wife Afrin alias Priyoti and another ‘Neo-JMB’ leader Basaruzzaman alias Chocolate’s wife Sharmin alias Shaila Afrin.

They were injured during the police raid at a militant den in Azimpur on September 10.

Tanvir died during the raid on their house in Azimpur on Sep 10 while Basar and Marjan are still at large.

Three children, including one of the two sons of Tanvir and Khadiza, were also detained.

One of the three females received bullet injury when police retaliated in response to the attack on them by the women with powdered pepper and knives. The two others tried to commit suicide by stabbing themselves, police said.

They were taken to Detective Branch office earlier on Sunday after their release from hospital on Saturday.

Tanvir and Khadiza’s 14-year old son were also accused in the case over the Azimpur raid under the Anti Terrorism Act.

The teenager has confessed, in remand, to his parents’ links with militancy, according to police.

Police have also said Tanvir was one of the main leaders who took over Neo-JMB after the killing of the suspected cafe attack mastermind Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury in a similar raid in Narayanganj in August.