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Man behind Hasina bid held in Baguiati

Man behind Hasina bid held in Baguiati

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: April 13, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Kolkata-/Man-behind-Hasina-bid-held-in-Baguiati/articleshow/4393235.cms

A dreaded Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami Bangladesh activist, wanted for at least two failed attempts on the life of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and several other terror attacks in the country, was nabbed by CID officers from a hideout in Baguiati on Sunday.

Police said he had undergone a cosmetic surgery here to evade detection.

Mufti Ibrahim, alias Jalauddin, is the cousin of HuJI-B commander Mufti Abdul Hannan, now in a Bangladesh jail, police said. He hails from Kotalipara in Gopalgunge and joined HuJI-B after Hannan returned from Afghanistan in 1993 where he fought for Taliban as a mujahid.

Ibrahim is wanted for planting 76 kg explosives near the venue of a Hasina meeting at the Kotalipara helipad in July 2000. The explosives were detected just minutes before the rally. Four years later, he is suspected to have played a role in a grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue. Mufti Hannan was arrested for masterminding the attack.

Soon after, Ibrahim fled, took shelter in North 24-Parganas and got in touch with other Bangladeshi gangsters hiding in the state. With the help of these criminals and an influential person believed to be a former Bangladeshi politician now hiding in Kolkata he rented a flat in Baguiati's Aswininagar area. Late on Sunday, officers of CIDs special operation group raided his house.

Ibrahim's local accomplices had put him in touch with a cosmetic surgeon in central Kolkata a few years ago and he is believed to have altered his looks.

"A few other dreaded Bangla dons, including Mohammed Iqbal and Sufi Khan, also changed their looks with cosmetic surgery at the same clinic. We are trying to find the exact changes to Ibrahim's appearance," said a CID officer. "We are grilling him for further details," added S N Gupta, DIG CID Operations.

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