Militancy: Bangladesh Bank wants bank info on 18

Bangladesh Bank wants account information on 18 people whose names have come up in the media in connection with militancy links and terror incidents.

Letters, issued in this regard following a top meeting of the central bank’s financial intelligence unit, have been forwarded to all scheduled banks specifying three directives.

The banks have been asked to freeze their accounts immediately, provide account information and produce transaction history of their accounts, bank insiders said.

These 18 people include Tamim Ahmed and ex-army man Maj (Retd) Zia – who are now on the run with Tk 20 lakh bounty on their heads. They both were found linked to Dhaka attack.

Central bank’s move comes after a spate of terrorist attacks in July and on the heels of a widespread gear-up to cub militancy and terrorism in Bangladesh.

The militancy issue is currently on top of the mind of Bangladesh government, as police, in a special directive, has been asked to go all out against militants in the country.