Mufti Karim Shafiqul Islam, who was sentenced to death in the bombing case and sentenced to life imprisonment in the grenade attack case on August 21, has been renamed Abdul Karim. He had been teaching and leading in different madrasas under a pseudonym to avoid arrest. This information was given at a press conference on Friday by Commander Khandaker Al Moin, Director of Law and Media Branch of RAB. After arresting him from Bhairab in Kishoreganj on Thursday, RAB held a press conference today.
The militant leader said in a press conference at the RAB’s media center in Karwan Bazar that the militant leader was “spreading misleading misinterpretations” in the name of religion behind the scenes in secret.
Khandaker Al Moin said that Shafiqur’s name was changed to Abdul Karim. He taught under this name in different madrasas of Narsingdi. He used to lead a mosque in the area under a pseudonym with a monthly salary of five thousand rupees.
He said he had been secretly involved with the organization till 2006 after the attack on Ramna Batamul. He started working in a madrasa in Narsingdi from 2006. Highlighting Shafiqur’s involvement in various militant attacks, Commander Moin said he was “involved” in the 2001 bombing of the Ramna Batamul New Year celebrations, the grenade attack on August 21, 2004 and the grenade attack on Vaidya Bazar under Habiganj Sadar Police Station on January 26, 2005. Five people, including former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, were killed and at least 100 were injured in the attack.
According to RAB, Shafiqur passed his fifth class from his village in Kishoreganj and started studying in a madrasa. He studied from a madrasa in Chawkbazar, Dhaka in 1975 till 1973.