Two convicts on death row for killing a publisher in Bangladesh managed to escape from court.
The two men were among the eight members of the banned Ansar-ul-Islam group who were convicted last year for the murder of publisher Faisal Arifin Deepan.
Publisher Faisal Arifin Dipan was murdered in his office in 2015 for publishing books by a famous Ladin author.
Haroon Al-Rashid, head of the police’s detective branch, told reporters that while the officers were bringing out the criminals, two motorcyclists entered and sprayed chemical spray on their faces, making them invisible. ‘
Interior Minister Asad-ul-Zaman Khan has ordered a nationwide search for the fugitives and has promised a reward of 2 million takas for information about them.
He said that the police have started searching for them (criminals). We are sure we will catch them very soon. We have also sealed the border so that they cannot go out of the country.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesperson KN Rai Nyati said that the ages of these men are 33 and 24 years.
Ansar al-Islam, a local extremist group linked to al-Qaida, made headlines last decade when its members were accused of killing several secular bloggers, secular writers and gay rights activists.
There has been no major terrorist incident since 2016 in the Muslim-majority country. In 2016, extremists linked to the Islamic State shot dead 22 people in a restaurant in Dhaka.