DGFI Officer Murder Case: Bangladesh court issues arrest warrants for ARSA chief Attaullah, 48 others

DESK REPORT

A court in Bangladesh has issued arrest warrants for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) chief Attaullah Ahammar Jununi and 48 others in connection with the killing of a DGFI officer in a drug raid in November 2022.

The warrants were issued on Monday, December 4, 2023, after the court accepted the investigation report filed by the police.

“49 people have been charged in the final report of the investigation,” said Mafiz Imtiaz Bhuiyan, the investigating officer of the case and in-charge of the Ghumdum Investigation Center.

The police have so far arrested 13 people in connection with the killing of the DGFI officer. The search for the remaining suspects is ongoing.

According to the investigation report, ARSA members had set up a base in a Rohingya camp on the zero line of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. They had built a tunnel to make weapons and a secret hideout. They had also built a restaurant called Golden Arakan.

Attaullah used to run all terrorist activities and drug trafficking from this base.

In November 2022, the intelligence agency and RAB jointly raided the base after receiving information about the stockpile of drugs. The intelligence agency’s top officer was killed in the raid.

ARSA chief Attaullah and Arsa Ustad Khaled allegedly led the killing.

In January 2023, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked the ARSA base. The entire Rohingya camp was burnt down in the attack. The ARSA terrorists fled the base at one point.

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