Dhaka attack: Hasnat, Tahmid taken to court as suspects

Traceless for over a month, ex-private university teacher Hasnat Karim and Canadian university student Tahmid Hasib have been produced before court as suspects in Dhaka attack.

According to Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, they were arrested last night under Section 54 from Dhaka’s Bashundhara.

Whereabouts of the duo, who came out of Holey Artisan alive, were unclear since they were picked up by lawmen for quizzing in the aftermath of the Gulshan café attack on July 1.

Humayun Kabir, an inspector of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, produced them before court and sought them in 10-day remand prayer for interrogation in custody.

Gunmen, allegedly of the Islamic State, killed 20 hostages – mostly foreign nationals – and two policemen during a 12-hour-long siege at Holey Artisan, a cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone.

Hasnat Karim, a former teacher of North South University and UK citizen, and Tahmid Hasib, a student of a university in Toronto, were witness to the bloody carnage inside the café.

Last the authorities spoke about them, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque had told the media on Tuesday had said both were “under surveillance” of the law enforcers.