NSU Pro-VC, 2 others arrested in Gulshan attack

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Dhaka, July 17: Police on Saturday arrested North South University (NSU) acting pro-vice-chancellor Professor M Gias Uddin Ahsan and two others for renting his house to Gulshan Artisan Restaurant attackers keeping it secret to law enforcers at Bashundhara Residential Area.

A team of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested Professor Gias Uddin Ahsan, his nephew Alam Chowdhury and building’s manager Md Mahbubur Rahman Tuhin from Professor Ahsan’s flat at House No. A/6, Road No. 6, Block-E at Basundhara Residential Area.

The DMP Media and Public Relations Department’s deputy commissioner Md Masudur Rahman said Professor Gias Uddin Ahsan and two others were arrested on charge of renting his flat to the Gulshan attackers and concealing the identities of them to police. Later, Professor M Gias Uddin Ahsan, two others taken to DB office at Minto Road for questioning.

It is learnt that the fault of arrested Professor M Gias Uddin Ahsan was that he did not submit the information about the tenants of his flat to the police station concerned beforehand.

Investigation also found that the Gulshan attackers assembled at Professor Ahsan’s flat at Basundhara Residential Area and planned the attack there. The attackers were rented the flat in May.

Md Masudur Rahman further said the accomplices of Gulshan attacker had hurriedly left the flat following attack at Gulshan Artisan Restaurant on July 1 last. Police seized cartons filled with sand (which were used for keeping grenades) and the clothes of the militants from the flat.

Professor M Gias Uddin Ahsan is the Dean, School of Health & Life Sciences and Chairman of the Department of  Public Health at North South University.

DC Masudur Rahman further said Professor Giasuddin Ahsan owns the flat, while his nephew Alam and manager Tuhin were responsible for renting the flats to tenants. But, they did not keep any information about the tenants before renting the flat though the DMP issued a directive to all house owners in Dhaka city to submit the information of tenants to the local police stations.

The DB sources said an accomplice of the Gulshan attackers hired the flat at Tk 22,000 per month before the month of Ramadan from the arrested Alam. He also gave Alam Tk 44,000 as two months’ rents. Many people used to visit the flat after it was rented.

Detectives think that the attackers on Gulshan Artisan Restaurant stayed at the flat.

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