August 27, 2016 - 3:09pm
Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a suspected mastermind of Gulshan café attack, and two other militants rented the top floor of the three-storey building in Paikpara of Narayanganj Sadar upazila 27 days back, a neighbour said.
The three were killed during a joint forces’ raid at the house today.
They rented three rooms on the top floor of the house on August 1, Khwaza Ahmed Khan, a neighbour told The Daily Star.
Khwaza has been there for the last nine years in one of the few semi-pucca buildings adjoining to the building which the militants used as their den.
The neighbour identified the land lord of the three-story building and nearby semi-pucca buildings as Nuruddin Dewan, a wholesale retailer of grocery who also lives on the first floor of the building.
Nuruddin is an apolitical and religious person, he said.
According to him, law-enforcers in plain clothes started searching the houses in the neighbourhood around 2:15am.
During today’s operation, two explosives fell on his roof in the morning which did not explode, Khwaza claimed.
“I heard massive sound of explosions, at least four to five times,” he added.
The day before yesterday another man, who looked like he was of Chinese origin, came to Nuruddin to rent another tin-shed room but was denied, said Khwaza.
Asked if the man had French-cut beard, Khwaza said, “So far I remember the man was clean shaved.”
Mohammad Imon, whose house is just 50 yards away from the spot, said he found the windows of the second floor always closed for over one month.
And he thought, some religious minded people might be living there who prefer keeping their windows shut for privacy reasons.