Man remanded for 3-day for threatening Australian HC

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Dhaka, April 28: A freelance photographer who threatened to blow up Australian High Commission (HC) in Dhaka was remanded for three-day.

Metropolitan Magistrate Wayes Kuruni Khan passed the order on Friday.

Earlier, he was arrested by the Cyber Security and Crime Prevention Department under the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducting a raid at his Banasree residence at Rampura in the capital on Thursday afternoon.

During the operation, a laptop, mobile phones and router were seized from the house.

After the arrest, he was produced before a Dhaka court for placing on remand. After hearing, the court placed him on a three-day remand for interrogation.

DMP’s Media and Public Relations department’s deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said Tousif Hossain Shimanto threatened through e-mail to blow up the Australian High Commission.

Tousif is a freelance photographer by profession. He completed BBA from private Victoria University, Masudur Rahman said.

Under questioning, Tousif told police that he took Tk 1.80 lakh from one Nurul Huq Munna for arranging an Australian visa for him. As he failed to arrange visa, Munna started putting pressure on him to get his money back.

Later, Tousif tactfully collected Munna’s bank account number. In order to put Munna in trouble, he demanded Tk 5 lakh extortion sending e-mail to the Australian High Commission in Dhaka and Jago Foundation, a local NGO. Tousif also threatened to blow up the Australian High Commission and Jago Foundation unless the money he claimed was not paid.

DMP’s deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said Tousif works as a freelance photographer on two e-commerce sites. He lives with his parents and other family members at Banasree. His father was an assistant general manager of Janata Bank Ltd.