A case has been filed against 28 people, including former telecommunications minister Aminul Haque, also a BNP leader and the Rajshahi BNP general secretary, Shish Muhammad, on charge of patronizing Islamist militants.
After the filing of the case, the first against any patrons of militants, the Baghmara police arrested five Jamaatul Mujahideen activists who are accused in the case in raids on villages on Saturday. The police say they continued hunting the remaining accused.
The five arrested are Akram, Afzal, Amzad, Mizanur and Nazrul, all residents of Baghmara.
Fazlur Rahman, a farmer of Hasanpur at Baghmara filed the case. Fazlur Rahman, 45, was picked up from his house and tortured in Bangla Bhai’s torture camp at Aloknagar in April 2004.