Two policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), have been injured in an acid attack by miscreants in Dhaka’s Bongshal area early yesterday, while one of the attackers were shot and detained.
The injured are Bongshal police out-post ASI Nuruzzaman and constable Rafiqul Alam, while the detained attacker was identified as Jubair, 26.
Bongshal OC Nure Alam Siddique said: “Three people riding on a motorcycle threw acid at Rafiqul and hit Nurruzzaman on his head with a bottle when they were signalled to stop at the check post around midnight.
“Their faces were covered and even the number plate of the motorcycle was covered with a black piece of cloth.”
Sources from the Detective branch later said that Jubair, a student of Hathajari Madrasa, is a member of Ansar-Al-Islam.
Rafiqul was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) while Nuruzzaman was taken to Midford Hospital.
Jubair, was shot in the leg but his two accomplices managed to flee the scene.
Police recovered acid, gun powder and a torchlight from the spot.
The OC said: “We suspect that the riders might have militant links.”
Earlier in the day, four suspected members of a new faction of banned militant outfit JMB were arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion from Jatrabari.
Asked if the two incidents were connected, OC Nure Alam said: “The incidents might be linked but we are not sure. The detectives are investigating the matter.”