3 in 14 days remand for Pallabi PS explosion; No militant involvement found, says DB; DMP forms probe body
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court yesterday granted a 14-day remand to three arrested Rafiqul Islam, Shahidul Islam and Musharraf in connection with capital’s Pallabi police station blast. The investigating officer applied remand for seven days and 10 days under the Explosives Act for a proper probe, reports Jagonews. Meanwhile, their lawyer applied cancellation of remand. After hearing both sides, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Moinul Islam granted remand for seven days in the arms case and seven days in the explosives case.
 Shahidul Islam, one of the three arrestees in the Pallabi police station blast incident, was picked up two days before the incident by a group identifying themselves as members of the Detective Branch (DB), claimed his family, reports Dhaka Tribune. He was reportedly picked up from Bawniyabazer in Kalshi area on Monday (July 27) around 3:45pm, Shahidul’s elder brother Rafikul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.
The Middle East-based militant group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s (July 29) blast at Pallabi police station in the capital’s Mirpur.
Rita Katz, director of US Site Intelligence Group which monitors militant activity online, said in a tweet that IS had claimed responsibility for the attack on a police station in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, reports Somoy News.
However, Additional Commissioner (Crime) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Krishnapad Roy said that the incident at Pallabi police station was not militant related; police arrested three and brought them to the police station after learning that a local criminal gang was trying to commit a crime. Then the explosion happened.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) formed the three-member committee headed by DMP Joint Commissioner (operations) Monir Hossain over the incident, reports The Daily Sun.
The two other members of the committee are: Mahmuda Afroz Lucky, additional deputy commissioner (Darussalam zone) of Mirpur Division Police and Rahmatullah Chowdhury, additional deputy commissioner and the in-charge of the bomb disposal unit of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC).
A weighing machine recovered by police from the arrestees was kept in the inspector’s operation room of the Pallabi police station. It suddenly exploded at 7am on Wednesday morning.
At least five people, including four policemen, were injured in the blast. They are- Inspector Operation Imran, Sub-Inspector (SI) Sajeeb Khan, Apprentice Sub-Inspector (PSI) Rumi, Apprentice Sub-Inspector (PSI) Ankush. An office staffer named Riaz was also injured.