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Judgment of Holy Artisan Case: Bangladesh advances another step forward

With all the objects, the operation of the police and armed forces was very planned and successful. Within 13 minutes, they completed their operation.

by Swadesh Roy writing from Dhaka

A special court of Bangladesh gave a historical verdict on 27th November that helps Bangladesh another step forward. It was the case of terrorist attack at Holy Artisan in Gulshan, a posh area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The apex court delivered their historical verdict that accused seven New JMB terrorists and awarded death sentence by gallows. Through this judgment, Bangladesh has proved that not only it is taming the Islamic terrorists through the police or special police but also fully able to trial the Islamic terrorists.


No doubt, not only the police of Bangladesh but also the whole world’s eyes were on this case because it was the first organized terrorist attack in Bangladesh where terrorists claimed themselves as the member of Islamic states. Even at a stage during their terrorist operation, the Islamic States official site (AMACK) published the pictures of the terrorists as heroes armed with their tag.

The attack happened on 1st July of 2016 at 8:45 in the evening. At first, police couldn’t understand that it was an organized Islamic terrorists attack. They thought it was a normal case of hijacking. So, the patrolling police rushed there immediately but two policemen were seriously wounded by the grenade attack of the terrorists. Afterwards, the then police commissioner of Dhaka, Asaduzzaman Mia, quickly reached there and ordered the counter attack aiming the terrorist who were throwing grenades. After the re-attack of the terrorists, he understood it was not a normal case. Following the situation, he granted it as a totally different organized attack. Then, he called the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and informed her as well as changed the strategy.

In the meantime, the situation of Dhaka city was changed with this constant process. It was a different night for the dwellers of Dhaka as well as for the government officials. Reporters of the media rushed to the spot. The TV reporters made same mistake what the Indian reporters did during Mumbai Taj Attack. They started live telecast of the preparation of the police and the elite police. On the contrary, the chief of elite police Benazir Ahmed, took very intelligent decision. He stopped the live telecast of ongoing preparation. Under these circumstances, Dhaka dwellers kept their eyes on TV screen and their smart phone’s screen. Reporters were delivering the reports what they were getting. Above all, the residence of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Gonobhaban, became another main spot for the eyes of the journalists. Within very short time, the chief of the police and the armed forces along with the Director Generals of all intelligent departments rushed to Gonobhaban. But their discussions and preparations were very much confidential. Journalists couldn’t come to know about the details. But the night was simultaneously going towards dawn in the Dhaka city and the tension was rising. Dhaka became a silent city within 10:00 of that night. But they couldn’t sleep either. At 3 O’clock, a Para-Commando team of the armed forces joined with the police, elite police along with the detective police forces.
Despite, the Islamic terrorists got enough time and they killed 20 people inside the restaurant. In this 20 people, 9 were Italian, 7 Japanese, 1 Indian and 3 Bangladeshi. Beside this, terrorists killed 2 policemen earlier with grenade.

With all the objects, the operation of the police and armed forces was very planned and successful. Within 13 minutes, they completed their operation. Though, the operation ended quickly and they successfully killed all six terrorists in the first strike of the attack and rescued 13 people without being hurt.

Though, a successful operation made the dwellers of Dhaka city and Bangladeshi citizens happy. Conversely, the citizens of Bangladesh got thundered when they came to know about the identity of the six Islamic terrorists. Before this, it was a common concept in Bangladesh that terrorist means the student of Islamic school which is called Madrasah. But all six terrorists of the Holy Artisan attack were the sons of well off family and they were the students of English Medium School and Elite University. It was like an earthquake for the middle class of Bangladeshi people. After this shock, they started reconciling their lives again. They started giving more attention to their children. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, addressed a speech to the nation. She emphasized to look after the Parents of their children’s more attentively. The character of the Bengali Muslim Class always moderates depending on the situation. Thousand years’ history says that no extremism can build in their nest. Rather they always overthrow all types of extremism. Even, they played a vital role for overthrowing Pakistan because Pakistani tried to make them radical. So, in a very short, the middle class people of Bangladeshi come out from that Islamic terrorism pedagogy.

Given this context, the police force and elite police forces got more help from the people of Bangladesh for continuing their operations against the Islamic terrorists. Within 10-12 months, police and elite police have undertaken at least 19 operations. In those operations, a total of 56 terrorists including 5 women were killed. As a result, Islamic terrorism is in a very less effective position in Bangladesh. The opinion of one of the police officers is, they couldn’t make it in zero count because of the global situation of this matter. All over in the Muslim world, Islamic terrorism is a constant process. Besides, some powerful countries are helping them behind their back.

To be clear, Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country but it succeeded to get this rate down in a normal position. Its main reason is that Bangladesh is no more a Muslim country but secular. That’s why; Bangladesh is the only country in the world having 90% Muslim population which has become successful to control the Islamic terrorism.

In conclusion, Bangladesh has reached on 27th November, 2019 to the point of a complete trial in special tribunal court about Holy Artisan attack. This trial process and the strong verdict will help to reach Bangladesh in a more secured position regarding terrorism. Now, World should say Bangladesh is a country of stable law and order and the Holy Artisan attack was an incident of past history.

Swadesh Roy, Senior Journalist, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a highest state award winning journalist and can be reached at swadeshroy@gmail.com

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