Controversial Awami League lawmaker from Cox's Bazar Abdur Rahman Bodi has claimed that he was not present at the meeting from where a special BGB team arrested four people including an RSO militant and a Saudi national in Teknaf on Saturday.
“Under the directive of the prime minister, I have been holding rallies and processions against militancy in my constituency every day. There is no question of attending a meeting with the militants,” Bodi told the Dhaka Tribune Saturday night.
The lawmaker from Teknaf-Ukhiya constituency also claimed that the BGB officer, who told newsmen that he was among the participants, himself had not been present during the raid.
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A special BGB team carried out the drive at the house of Maulana Syed Karim, the president of Baharchhara union unit Awami League, in Shamlapur area around 3:30pm.
“I was at Inani of Ukhiya when the meeting was under way. I went to the spot being informed about the meeting. The BGB members arrested the four militants including a Saudi national in my presence.”
On Saturday, Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abuzar Al Jahid said that Bodi, Teknaf Upazila Chairman Jafar Ahmed, Vice-Chairman Maulana Rafique Uddin and Baharchhara Union Chairman Aziz Uddin attended the meeting at Jafar's relative Karim's house. “But they managed to flee the scene before the team reached the house,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.
The information was also confirmed by the battalion’s Deputy Commander Maj Abu Russel Siddique, who led the drive.
The four arrestees are former RSO commander Hafez Salaul Islam, a resident of Dakkhin Muhuri Para in Cox’s Bazar; Syed Karim; Saudi national Abu Saleh Al Gambi; and Maulana Md Ibrahim of Dhaka.
“A party leader from Baharchhara called me over the phone around 11:30am. He asked me to go to Syed Karim's house where militants were holding a meeting. I was at Inani at that time. When I reached there I saw BGB members led by Assistant Commissioner (Land) Zahed Iqbal cordoned off the house.
“Then I entered the house along with the BGB members and assisted them in arresting the four people including a foreigner,” Bodi told the Dhaka Tribune.
Teknaf police chief Abdul Majid last night said that the arrestees – kept at the Teknaf 2 BGB camp – had not been handed over to them.
Meanwhile, BGB chief Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed from a press conference on Sunday said that the four persons were found holding a secret meeting at the house. They were trying to instigate the Rohingyas and distribute money among them illegally.
A statement issued Sunday by the BGB said that some media reports had misquoted its officers as mentioning that MP Bodi had been present at the meeting and he even tried to obstruct the officers from arresting the four.