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Mahbub, Milon remanded, Selima sent to jail

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-chairman Selima Rahman waves as she was being taken to jail by the police. — Indrajit Ghosh Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-chairman Selima Rahman waves as she was being taken to jail by the police. — Indrajit Ghosh

A metropolitan magistrate court in Dhaka remanded BNP chief’s adviser Khandker Mahbub Hossain and its organising secretary Fazlul Haq Milon for two days in police custody while sent its vice-chairman Selima Rahman to jail in connection with a case filed for ‘violence’ in the capital’s Ramna area on January 4.
The metropolitan magistrate, Aminul Haque, passed the order from his
chamber after the hearing took place in the open court amid the anti-government slogan and chaos.
Dozens of lawyers chanted anti-state slogan both in and outside the court, protesting at the Tuesday’s arrest, especially of Mahbub Hossain, who is also Bangladesh Bar Council’s vice-chairman.
On Tuesday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s detective branch officials arrested Mahbub Hossain at National Press Club as he emerged from a programme.
A former minister, Selima Rahman, also sister of cabinet member Rashed Khan Menon, was arrested after she had announced the extension of strike enforced by the main opposition for cancellation the controversial polls.
Milon was also arrested in the capital. With this, over 25 senior and influential BNP leaders landed in jails in cases filed with different police stations in the capital in connection with ‘violence’.
After the arrest, the police showed the accused arrested in the case filed with Ramna police station under the explosives substances act and other crimes under the penal code.
According to the case statements, some 10-12 miscreants hurled several crude bombs targeting the office of the deputy commissioner of Ramna division, Maruf Hossain, on the eve of the 10th general election. Ten to 12 crude bombs were exploded during the attack on January 4.
On Wednesday, public prosecutor Abdullah Abu told the court that the accused had instigated some 10-12 BNP-Jamaat activists, who exploded cocktails and committed crimes in order to foil the 10th parliamentary election held on January 5.
The accused should be remanded for seven days in police custody for their statement that instigated their activists to carry out violent crimes, he said.
In reply, defence counsel Masud Ahmed Talukder said none of the accused was named in the first
information report and they should be released on bail.
‘They are arrested on only political consideration,’ he said.  
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Rafikul Huq said he also criticised the election but police did not arrest him as he was not involved with any political party.
As soon as he criticised the recent polls, some lawyers, loyal to ruling Awami League, protested at the statement, causing chaos inside the court.
After the 30-hour hearing, the magistrate went to his chamber saying the order would be passed later and pro-BNP lawyers started chanting anti-government slogan.
Few minutes after, the court police subinspector, Mahmudur Rahman, read out the order, saying that the magistrate rejected both the bail and remand petitions of Selima Rahman and sent her to jail. 
He said the magistrate allowed police to interrogate Selima at the jail gate within five working days.
Mahbub and Milon would be interrogated for two-days in police custody with care, he read out in the open court.




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