Bangladesh Timeline - Year 2018



January 1

Members of CTTC Unit arrested two militants of Neo-JMB from East Madarbari area in Chittagong District. The CTTC team recovered 10 grenades and two suicide vests from them.

January 5

AAM Humayun Kabir, Chittagong chief of the CTTC unit of the Police said that in order to stay under the law enforcement agencies' radar, militants have changed tactics and are now assuming code numbers, instead of aliases, to identify themselves.

January 7

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurating a photo exhibition organized in Dhaka city said that BNP-JeI is behind the recent abductions and enforced disappearances.

January 8

Police arrested two cadres of Nakshal Bahini in Santhia upazila of Pabna District. The arrestees are Lalu Hossain (26) and Milon Hossain (24). Police recovered three bombs from their possession.

January 10

ICT-1 handed down death penalty to two and jail until death to three others for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Of the convicts, Ujer Ahmed Chowdhury (63) and Nesar Ali (75) were given death penalties, while Yunus Ahmed (71), Samsul Hossain Tarafder (65) and Mobarak Mia (66) were awarded imprisonment until death. Yunus and Ujer are in jail and the rest are on the run. All the convicts were involved with the JeI after the Liberation War.

January 12

Three JMB militants were killed when the RAB busted a hideout only 500 metres away from the PMO in Dhaka city. Two RAB officials were injured as well. RAB recovered three suicide vests, two pistols, 14 IEDs and detonators, four containers of explosive gel and equipment to make IEDs from the room the militants had been staying in.

January 14

RAB identified one of the three JMB militants killed during a raid in Dhaka city on January 12 as Mezba Uddin of Comilla District. His fingerprints matched with the Election Commission database and confirmed his identity, Lieutenant Colonel Emranul Hasan, commanding officer-of RAB-3, told.

January 16

Myanmar requested Bangladesh to extradite 1,300 militants of ARSA, claiming it has information that those members were attempting to disrupt the repatriation of the Rohingyas.

January 19

Hours after RAB released photographs of two JMB militants killed during a raid in Dhaka city on January 12 Chittagong Police confirmed that one of them was Nafis Ul Islam who had remained missing from the port city since October 6, 2017.

January 20

War crimes trial campaigners of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, a platform campaigning for the trial of war criminals reiterated their demand that the Government ban JeI for its anti-liberation role during the Liberation War.

January 21

The last of the three JMB militants killed during a raid in Dhaka city on January 12 was identified as Robin Mia (17). His brother Golam Mostafa identified the body at Suhrawardy Medical College mortuary.

Inspector General (Prisons) Syed Iftekhar Uddin said that 600 militants are imprisoned in 68 jails across the country.

January 23

Police arrested a supplier of explosive material to JMB at the Three Road Junction of Jessore District. 1kg of explosive material was recovered from him.

Rangpur District Court framed charges against 13 militants of JMB in a case filed for the killing of Khadem Rahman Ali (55), a caretaker of a shrine; in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur District on November 10, 2015.

January 26

Four activists of JeI were arrested on charge of possessing bombs and books on jihad at Paikpara village in Bagerhat District. Three bombs and four books on jihad were recovered from them.

RAB arrested three militants of ABT at Rupganj in Narayanganj District. RAB recovered arms, bullet, jihadi books and leaflet from their possession.

January 27

RAB arrested one militant of JMB in the capital Dhaka city's Kakrail area accused in a case filed under the anti-terrorism act with Bandar Police Station in Narayanganj.

January 30

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia during his inspection of the security measures at the annual Amar Ekushey Book Fair's venues - Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan - in the capital, Dhaka city warned that legal action will be taken against the writer and publisher if any book hurting religious sentiment or disrupting communal harmony is published during the Book Fair.

January 31

A 'commander' of PBCP was killed in a gunfight with Police in Dhalarchar area of Pabna District. Police recovered two pipe guns, one pistol, seven bullets, two machetes and some other sharp weapons from the spot.

RAB arrested two militants of JMB in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District. RAB recovered one kilogram of gunpowder-like substance and bomb making materials including soda, circuits, and batteries from the duo.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina outlined a framework of the next polls-time Government that will be smaller in size with limited jurisdiction and will carry out only routine work.

ARSA Commander-in-Chief Ataullah Abu Amar Jununi said in a statement that it will not carry out attacks at the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar or in any other part of the country, as their attacks are only conducted to defend themselves from the "terrorist Burmese (Myanmar) Government".

February 3

At least 18 people were killed in 'crossfire' in January, said a monthly report published by human rights organization Odhikar. According to the report, at least nine people were killed and 619 others were injured in political violence in the month.

Chief Coordinator of ICT Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan said that the trial process of war criminals will be continued and all the war criminals will be brought to book in phases to free the country from the stigma.

February 5

137 leaders and activists of BNP and JeI were arrested from Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Jessore, Sylhet, Narayanganj, Kurigram, Noakhali, Rangpur and Bogra Districts ahead of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against the BNP's Chairperson Khaleda Zia, set to be delivered on February 8.

February 6

750 BNP leaders and activists were arrested across the country ahead of the verdict in a corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia scheduled for February 8.

February 7

900 BNP leaders and activists were arrested in Dhaka and 27 Districts ahead of the verdict in a corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia scheduled for February 8.

February 8

Dhaka Special Judge's Court-5 jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for five years and her eldest son Tarique Rahman and four others for 10 years for breaching of trust in the Zia Orphanage Trust case on July 3, 2008 during the military-controlled interim regime.

Five people, including a Police Constable, were injured during a clash between AL and BNP activists in the Court Point area of Sylhet Metropolitan City in Sylhet District following the pronouncement BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's prison sentence.

Police arrested 233 leaders and activists of BNP-JeI from different places. The arrests are part of a security crackdown ahead of a court verdict on a case accusing Khaleda Zia and several others of corruption.

HRW urged the Bangladesh Government to stop the arbitrary arrests and detention of opposition BNP supporters and others.

February 9

BNP leaders and activists across Bangladesh continued to hold protests against the jail sentence of party chief Khaleda Zia for the second day though a strong response from law enforcement agencies gave it a fading effect.

February 10

Police arrested 130 BNP leaders and activists from several Districts as the party continued its demonstration against the conviction of its chief Khaleda Zia in a corruption case.

20-party alliance expressed its solidarity with the BNP's protest programmes announced demanding the release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. The combine leaders also said they would take part in the programmes.

RAB arrested a militant of Ansarullah ABT from Kamalapur area in the capital, Dhaka city. The arrestee is identified as Toufiq Hossain Sumon (34).

February 12

RAB arrested two militants of JMB planning to murder Muslims who converted to Christianity from Tejgaon industrial zone in Dhaka city. Two machetes, extremist literature and $724 (about BDT 60,300) were also recovered from them.

February 13

BNP staged countrywide sit-in vowing to free party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail through movement.

President Abdul Hamid urged students to stand against terrorism and militancy aiming to build a "Sonar Bangla" envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

February 14

BNP leaders and activists started observing a 6-hour hunger strike in Dhaka city, demanding the release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

February 15

BNP announced fresh agitation programmes demanding the release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

February 16

BNP demanded the certified copy of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.

February 17

RAB arrested two militants of Ansar Al Islam in the capital Dhaka city's Mirpur area.

February 18

RAB arrested three militants of JMB in Tanore area of Rajshahi District, During the drive, bomb-making materials and jihadi books were also recovered from them.

February 19

CEC AKM Nurul Huda said that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who was jail on February 8 for five years in a graft case, cannot contest the next general election in the present context.

February 20

In Habiganj Disrict, 20 BNP activists were injured in Shayestanagar area when Police fired rubber bullets on a procession brought out by protesters.

In Faridpur District, 15 people including two journalists and four Policemen and nine BNP activists were injured in a clash between BNP men and Police in the town's Super Market area. Police arrested 20 BNP men from the spot.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court challenging the special court's verdict that sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

February 22

BNP has been denied permission to hold the rally they had planned for today to demand party chief Khaleda Zia's release from jail.

High Court accepted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's appeal challenging the lower court verdict that convicted and jailed her for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Criticising BNP leaders for their movement to have their party chief Khaleda Zia released, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that their movement was for the thief who has landed in jail for plundering money.

February 24

Police charged truncheons and used water cannons on BNP men to foil their black flag programme in the capital Dhaka city's Nayapaltan area.

February 25

RAB arrested three militants of JMB in Jamira village of Rajshahi District. RAB recovered two foreign pistols, eight bullets, four bombs, bomb making materials and two jihadi books from their possession.

February 26

Police arrested a JeI's "leader of the killing mission squad", Chhagir Ahmed (49), from Deodighi area in Satkania Upazila (sub-District) of Chittagong District.

The case proceedings against five Patuakhali men is set to enter the final stage as the ICT-1 fixed April 16, 2018 for hearing the closing arguments. The three-member tribunal led by Justice Mohammad Shahinur Islam on February 26 fixed the date after the defence counsels declined to produce any witness. The accused -- Esahaq Shikder, (83), Abdul Goni Hawlader (72), Mohammad Awal alias Awal Moulavi (69), Abdus Sattar Pyada (65), and Solaiman Mridha, (86), of Patuakhali Sadar upazila (sub-District) are in jail. Of them, Esahaq was a member of "Patuakhali Peace Committee" while the other four were members of Razakar Bahini, according to the prosecution.

February 28

A Dhaka Court on February 28 once again asked detectives to submit by April 4, 2018, the probe report of a case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 13 others over a crude bomb attack on the shipping minister's procession on February 16, 2015.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu stated that the government has taken a tough stance against the funding of militancy and started identifying the persons involved with the racket. "Our intelligence units have increased vigilance whether remittance is being used to fund militancy. Bangladesh Bank and intelligence units are monitoring all the suspicious transactions," he said.

March 3

A popular science fiction writer identified as professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal was stabbed by an assailant at SUST in Sylhet District. The attacker was caught by the students of the university.

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested three "Neo JMB" [Jammatul Mujahideen Bangladesh] militant in Motijheel area in Dhaka. The arrested trio was identified as Javed Kaiser, (31), Miah Rubel (28), and Mamun (27). They were also jailed before in Singapore for militancy.

March 4

A Bangladeshi Counter terrorism Official stated that the individual who carried out the attack could be a member of militant group Ansar al Islam. Previously known as ABT, Ansar al Islam began gaining strength in 2013-14 and started selecting targets by monitoring social media and hacking them to death.

According to officials, Ansar al Islam has a stronghold in SUST and many former students got involved with the outfit. The assailant later identified as Foyzur Rahman later stated to Security Forces (SFs) that he considered the victim an enemy of Islam. He also added that he was acting alone.

Professor Iqbal's name was among the 15 eminent persons mentioned in Ansar al Islam's hit list recovered by law enforcers in 2017. According to officials, Ansar al Islam has a stronghold in SUST and many former students got involved with the outfit.

March 5

SFs arrested ABT militant, Sadman Rahik alias Jabir (38), from Tikatuli area of Dhaka.

March 6

A Hindu priest, Haradhan Bhattacharya alias Haru Sannasi (70), was found strangled inside his room at Jaleshwar village in Chatmohar upazila (sub-District) in Pabna District. Police and locals suspect that the incident might be linked to the radicals and it was a planned murder.

Investigators have claimed that a "sleeper cell" of a militant outfit was behind the knife attack on Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal. The report claims that at least four suspects were present near the campus of SUST just a day before the attack. It seemed the suspects were known to the detained attacker Foyzur Rahman. "We have unearthed plans by Ansar Al Islam about carrying out recce regarding the movement of Prof Zafar Iqbal. But we are not sure whether Foyzur attacked the teacher following an organisational decision as his name was not found on the 'Ashkari Group' list," said a top official from the counterterrorism unit. The members of the "Ashkari Group" are trained to kill people, he said.

According to counter terrorism officials, elder brother of Foyzur Rahman (who had stabbed Professor Zafar Iqbal on March 3) fled with Foyzur's mobile phone and tab soon after the attack. An official of CTTCU stated that 'Foyzur left his phone and tab in his house before going to the campus for the attack. His brother Enamul Hasan fled with the devices soon after the attack'. The police also believe Enamul was aware of the attack and Foyzur's involvement with militant groups. According to the police, at least four suspects were present near the university the day before the attack. According to relative of the detained suspect, 'He (Foyzur) sold clothes in the local market last year and was seen selling clothes for the last time three months ago.

Police in Rajshahi claimed to have found militants running their activities in guise of selling clothes in the area.

March 8

A team of CTTC arrested Foyzur Rahman's brother, Enamul Hassan (28), at Gazipur. Enamul went into hiding with the mobile phone and tablet computer used by Foyzur and the CTTC found them in Enamul's possession yesterday evening. "We suspect Enamul might be involved in militancy as he went missing with the devices soon after the March-3 incident," said a police official, adding that the devices could give them vital clues in the probe.

Investigators said that Foyzur Rahman, who attacked Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal on March 3, stepped into militancy listening to Jashimuddin Rahmani's sermons and reading contents of "Dawahilallah. The suspect joined "Dawahilallah" and used to follow instructions from there, a high official of CTTC, involved in the investigation.

March 12

The High Court Division of Supreme court (Bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim) passed four months' bail order giving relief to the BNP Chairperson Khaleda in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. But BNP president Khaleda Zia could not walk out of jail as she was shown arrested in a case for instigating an arson attack on a bus on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla's Chauddagram that left seven passengers dead and 25 to 30 others injured on February 3, 2015.

March 13

Natore District and Sessions court sentenced two militants of JMB, Rasel Hossain alias Tamim, (25) and Mofazzal Hossain, (33), to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment in a case filed in 2015. Natore District and Sessions Judge Rezaul Karim also fined them BTk 20,000 each. According to the prosecution, Rapid Action Battalion arrested the two with firearms, bullets and books on jihad on July 14, 2015.

ICT-1 found four Noakhali men guilty of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War and sentenced three to death penalty and the other to 20-year jail. All four were members of Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani Army, in 1971 and were involved in the killing of more than 100 people including two unarmed freedom fighters under Shudharam Police Station in Noakhali.

March 14

The Supreme Court on stayed till next March 18 the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the stay order following two separate petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission and government seeking the stay on the HC order on Khaleda's bail.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rabiul Islam of Natore court placed four militants of the JMB on five days' remand. They are Anisur Rahman, (40), Shafiqul Islam, (42), Fazlur Rahman, (38), and Jakir Hossain). The five JMB militants were arrested on March 13.

March 16

RAB arrested an alleged JMB militant, Md Moshiur Rahman, (32), from Bamui Purbopara of Lakhai upazila in Habiganj district.

March 18

A special court of Rangpur sentenced seven militants of the JMB to death for killing Khadem Rahmat Ali in Rangpur's Kaunia upazila on November 10, 2015. The court also acquitted six other JMB militant as the prosecution failed to prove their involvement in the killing.

The Bangladeshi Military officials had come under scanner of the Government of Bangladesh after a Chinese boat carrying arms had entered Bangladesh waters and reportedly arms were smuggled for local extremist groups and insurgent groups based in North-East region of India. The Security agencies of both countries-India and Bangladesh are closely probing this case. It is assumed that the smuggled arms reached Dhaka (Bangladesh) to create the unrest ahead of the elections scheduled at the end of the year. However, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has not ordered any probing which allegedly pointing to the role of its top leadership in the incident.

March 19

The Supreme Court stayed the HC order that granted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. A four-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission and the government to move separate appeals before this court against the HC order and fixed May 8 for hearing of the appeals.

March 21

Police arrested two suspected members of banned militant outfit Neo-JMB from the Shibganj area in Bogra District. The arrested men are Hadisur Rahman Sagor alias Julfiqar alias Saad Bin Abu Waqqas alias Toufiq, (36), for the Holey Artisan Attack, and Akram Hossain Niloy (24), for the bombing of the Olio International Hotel in Panthapath.

March 25

Marking the atrocities and massacres committed by the Pakistani military on the civilian Bangalees on the Black Night of March 25 in 1971, National Genocide Day was observed on March 25 in different Districts across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad.

Mentioning that the patrons of war criminals who had been involved in genocide during the 1971 Liberation War are equally guilty, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said they should also be tried for their crimes.

March 26

Seven women activists of JeI were arrested on suspicion of plotting acts of terror from Langadu in Rangamati District. A large number of books and leaflets on radicalization were recovered from them.

March 27

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing a programme marking the 48th Independence and National Day said the country shouldn't be of militants, anti-Liberation forces and war criminals.

March 28

ICT-1 indicted Mohamad Mahbubur Rahman alias Mahbub alias Mahebul (71) from Tangail on charge of three counts of genocides. In 1971, Mahbub was associated with JeI politics.

March 28

Four financiers of ABT arrested from Ashulia area in Dhaka city. RAB said that they are all involved with VOIP business. They used to give a share of their income from the business to the militant group.

March 30

According to a new survey conducted by a group of researchers led by renowned historian Professor Muntassir Mamun 2,452 genocide acts by the Pakistani army and their local collaborators took place in 10 Districts of Bangladesh in 1971.

March 31

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the arson attacks by the BNP-JeI clique in the recent past are terrorist acts.

April 2

A court in Comilla District granted a three-day remand for a suspected militant of JMB. Judicial Magistrate Nurul Afsar granted the remand after Detective Branch Police produced Rezaul, a student of a local college, before the court with prayer for 7-day remand.

April 3

ICT-1 indicted 16 suspects of Maheshkhali on 10 counts of war crimes for genocide during the Liberation War. Of the 16, all the four detained accused pleaded not guilty from the dock. On the run are 12 suspects. 10 were members of Muslim League and six of Nezam-i-Islam Party.

April 4

Humayra alias Nabila, a female Neo-JMB member suspected of sponsoring the failed attack on VIPs paying homage to Bangabandhu on National Mourning Day on August 15, 2017 was arrested from the Siddheshwari area of Dhaka city.

Law enforcement officers said the authorities are planning to classify 577 militants who are still active even after being imprisoned. Militants who are in jail are influencing others inside to follow their lead and there are 577 militants of varying degrees currently in prison, said jail authorities.

April 5

Abdul Kuddus alias Sagar (47), 'regional leader' of PBCP was killed in a gunfight with RAB in Kaya village of Kushtia District. Two RAB members were injured in the incident. RAB also recovered three firearms, 13 bullets and a sharp weapon from the spot.

Police arrested a female cadre of JMB in a drive from Hatibandha in Lalmonirhat District. The arrestee was identified as Sadia Afroz Nina.

Neo-JMB leader Hadisur Rahman Sagor (36) confessed before a magistrate that he had supplied arms and explosives used in the Holey Artisan attack in the capital's Gulshan in 2016.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while inaugurating construction works on nine model mosques and Islamic cultural centers in different places of the country through a videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka city emphasized the need for real teaching of Islam in the country.

April 6

A social worker received death threat through a letter by ABT in Dhanbila village of Pabna District. Victim Abu Saleh Mohamad Abdul Mazed, a social worker, runs a school at his village for spreading the light of education and cultural programmes and creating awareness among the children against militancy and early marriage.

April 12

RAB arrested five cadres of Hizbut Tahrir in an overnight drive at Dhanmondi and Mirpur areas in Dhaka city. RAB said "They were 'propagating' and 'recruiting' their members over the years using incomplete elaboration of Quranic verses. They were working to establish Khelafat in Bangladesh."

Hefajat-e-Islam in a statement said joining traditional Mangal Shovajatra, a parade on the first day of Bangla New Year, is 'forbidden' for the Muslims.

April 13

Hefazat-e-Islam's Dhaka unit Vice-President Junaid Al Habib said: "Mongol Shobhajatra is not a Muslim culture. If the government wants to push this on Muslims, the Qwomi madrasas will be forced to take to the streets."

April 14

Detectives arrested seven cadres of ICS from a student mess at Shahibagh in Chapainawabganj District for allegedly planning to carry out an attack to Mongol Shobhajatra.

April 15

Police arrested a leader of JeI in Satkania of Chittagong District on charges of involvement in carrying out acts of sabotage on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway in 2014. The arrestee was identified as Mohiuddin who had been absconding for long.

April 17

RAB arrested three JMB cadres from Sonakanda area of Narayanganj District in Dhaka Division. The arrestees are Jannatul Nayeem Mitu (19), Mehedi Hasan Masud (22) and Akbar Hossain Sumon (30).

April 18

Police arrested seven cadres of JMB in the Chhoyghati village of Rajshahi District in Rajshahi Division. They are members of the same family.

A Narayanganj court convicted two cadres of JMB and sentenced them to 20 years of imprisonment each in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act. The convicted JMB men are Saiful Islam and Mafijul Islam. The court also fined them BTK 20,000 each.

April 22

Detectives arrested two militants of JMB from Ramchndrapur-Malkarpara area in Chapainawabganj District of Rajshahi Division. They also recovered 400 grams of gunpowder and 12 books on jihad from the house.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the All European Awami League leaders to give a befitting reply to the BNP-JeI propaganda against the country and Government abroad.

JeI formally extended its support to BNP's mayoral candidate Hasanuddin Sarker in the Gazipur City Corporation polls slated for May 15.

April 23

RAB in a drive arrested three militants of Ansar Al Islam from Belpukur area in Rajshahi District of Rajshahi Division. RAB recovered five jihadi books, three leaflets, four mobile phone sets, SIM cards, memory cards and two ID cards from them.

April 24

RAB arrested two militants of JMB while they were holding a secret meeting in Sirajganj District of Rajshahi Division. The arrestees are Rakibul Hasan (22) and Jewel Rana (20). RAB recovered nine books on Jihad from them.

Police in a drive arrested two militants of JMB from Tarash area in Rajshahi District of Rajshahi Division. The arrestees were identified as Jalal (55) and his son Adil (30).

Former DG of NSI was arrested for his alleged involvement in war crimes while assigned as a Pakistan army officer during the 1971 Liberation War. Wahidul is alleged to have participated in the killing of 500 to 600 unarmed Bangalis and Santals with a machine gun in Rangpur cantonment on March 28, 1971.

April 26

Police arrested three cadres of Neo-JMB in a raid in the capital Dhaka city's Mohammadpur area. Police recovered explosive materials including 100 detonators, a knife and a mobile phone from their possession.

April 27

Police arrested 45 suspects including District unit JeI Ameer SM Sanaullah during a drive at Shopnochura Picnic Spot in Gazipur District of Dhaka Division on charges of planning sabotage. 15 petrol bombs, four crude bombs and 18 Jihadi books were recovered from the suspects.

April 29

RAB in a drive arrested five militants of JMB from Bajitpur area of Chapai Nawabganj District in Rajshahi Division. RAB recovered 2 pistols, 2 magazines, seven rounds bullet, 800 gram gunpowder and bomb making materials from them.

April 30

Police arrested seven militants belonging to Jama'atul Muslemin in the Dhaka city's Adabar and Bhashantek areas. Police said Jama'atul Muslemin is a secret group formed several years back by some members of JMB.

RAB arrested a militant of Ansar al-Islam from Jatrabari area of Dhaka city. The arrestee is Mahmud Hasan alias Mahmud (26).

May 3

ICT found evidence against Abdul Momin Talukder alias Khoka (66), an Assistant Organizing Secretary (Rajshahi Division) of BNP his involvement in crimes committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

CTTC Unit Deputy Commissioner Mohamad Mohibul Islam Khan said that Akram Hossain Niloy, one of the top leaders of Neo-JMB, wanted to move to Syria via Turkey along with his parents and sister for carrying out jihadist operations.

May 4

Police arrested seven activists of JeI when they were holding "a secret meeting" at Anandabus village in Meherpur District of Khulna Division.

May 5

Imams and khatibs of different mosques at a views-exchange meeting held at Paltan arae in the capital Dhaka city vowed to play their part in preventing militancy, terrorism and drug addiction.

May 8

Two militants of JMB have been sentenced to death and three others to life term imprisonment for killing Professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee of Rajshahi University in 2016.

May 10

Mirajul Islam alias Mira Mondol (42), a leader of PBCP was killed in a 'gunfight' with Police at Gobindohuda village in Chuadanga District of Khulna Division. Police recovered one pistol, three crude bombs and three machetes from the spot.

ICT-1 handed death sentence to war criminal Riaz Uddin Fakir (69). Riaz, tried on five counts of war crimes, including genocide, was in the dock.

ICT withdrew prosecutor Tureen Afroz - who earned much acclaim for her performance in dealing with the war crimes cases - from all cases and asked the prosecutor to submit all documents.

May 13

A special tribunal in Sirajganj District of Rajshahi Division sentenced four female militants of JMB to five years jail in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act.

May 14

25 JeI activists were arrested by Police from Dashtika Dakkhinpara village in Bogra District of Rajshahi Division while they were holding secret meeting.

RAB arrested four militants of JMB at Godagari in Rajshahi District of Rajshahi Division. RAB recovered 15 jihadi books, four personal diaries, twelve jihadi leaflets, five mobile phones, 15 SIM cards and seven memory cards from them.

May 15 ICT-1 indicted three Moulvibazar men framing five specific charges against them for allegedly committing crimes during the 1971 Liberation War. Two accused - Abdul Aziz alias Habul (64) and Abdul Mannan alias Monai (64) - are now in jail while Abdul Matin (63), on the run. Aziz is currently involved with BNP and Matin and Mannan were involved with JeI.
May 16 RAB arrested two female militants of JMB from a house at Arambagh in the capital Dhaka city. The arrestees are Rubaiya Binte Noor Uddin alias Hurer Rani Labiba (20) and Naima Akter alias Himalay Konya (25), members of JMB's women wing.
May 17 Bangladeshi officials urged Myanmar to hand over a 'specific list' of members of ARSA, if any, staying in Bangladesh territory.
May 18 A female militant of JMB arrested from Kachijhuli area in Mymensingh District of Mymensingh Division. The arrestee Feroza Rahman (42) worked in the women section of JMB. A large number of militant books and leaflets were recovered from her.
May 20 Sirajganj Special Tribunal sentenced Mohamad Ataullah alias Bahadur Ali (30), a militant of JMB to four years of rigorous imprisonment in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
May 21

Mahidur Rahman (88), a war crime convict of Chapainawabganj District died at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. Mahidur was in Rajshahi jail. He was admitted to the hospital on April 28 over old age complications and died of heart attack around 1:00am.

Police arrested five war crimes accused in Bhandaria area of Pirojpur District. The arrestees are Fazlul Haque Howlader (75), Abdul Mannan Howlader (74), Azahar Ali Howlader (88), Ashraf Ali Howlader (67) and Maharaz Howlader (68) accused in a case filed by Bijoy Krishna Bala of Purbo Pasharibunia village on October 10, 2015.

May 22

Detectives in a drive arrested two militants of JMB from Chandrapur in Natore District of Rajshahi Division. The arrestees were identified as Amir Hamja and Golam Hossain.

May 23

RAB arrested seven youths including coordinator of Ansar Al Islam in connection with extremism in overnight drives in the capital Dhaka city. Various electrical equipments meant to manufacture explosives and four books were recovered from them.

Law enforcers arrested a BNP leader in Habiganj District of Sylhet Division, hours after the ICT-1 issued an arrest warrant against him in a war crimes case during the 1971 Liberation War.

Muktijoddhar Santan O Prajanma Parishad, a platform of freedom fighters' children said JeI-ICS and anti-liberation forces are hatching conspiracy against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and trying to disrupt academic activities at higher education institutions across the country.

May 27

RMP Commissioner Mohamad Mahbubur Rahman said JMB is amassing money through robberies for reorganizing.

May 28 BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia secured bail for six months from the High Court in two criminal cases filed in Comilla District of Chittagong Division. But she was denied bail in another case of Narail District.
May 29 Supreme Court issued a stay order on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail granted by the High Court in two cases over violence in Comilla District of Chittagong Division.
May 29

In Rajshahi District, RAB conducted a drive in Fazilpur area and arrested JMB militants Khairul Islam and Selim Reza.

In Rajshahi District, RAB conducted a drive in Fazilpur area and arrested JMB militants Khairul Islam and Selim Reza.

June 2 A 41-year-old Bangladeshi, who owns a restaurant in Bukit Bintang, Malaysia, was arrested for allegedly smuggling weapons to international terrorists.

June 3

Police arrested JeI leader Mohammad Azizul Houqe alias Bittya Aziz at Keranihat in Chittagong District of Chittagong Division for his alleged involvement in carrying out sabotage acts on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Highway.

June 6

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking at an iftar mahfil for lawyers at Ganabhaban in Dhaka city said the drives against militancy, terrorism, and drugs, will continue in order to free Bangladesh from elements detrimental to society.

Bangladesh dropped nine spots in the worldwide ranking of independent states and territories according to their levels of peacefulness. Bangladesh ranked 93rd out of 163 countries with a global score of 2.084 in the 2018 GPI released in London, compared to a position of 84th and a score of 2.035 in 2017.

June 7

Finance minister AMA Muhith in his budget speech at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka city said that the present Government's greatest success was the holding of the trial of those who carried out crimes against humanity in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.

June 8

BNP announced countrywide demonstration on June 10 demanding proper treatment of their ailing Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

June 9

Archiving of war crimes started. The investigation agency of ICT handed over the documents of four war crimes cases to the Directorate of Archives and Libraries.

June 10

Police arrested a leader of JeI from Golmunda village in Nilphamari District in the Division of Rangpur when he was planning subversive activities with his fellow men.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while addressing a reception in Toronto in Canada said that Bangladesh will become a failed state again if the anti-liberation forces return to power.

June 11

A Prominent writer and publisher Shahzahan Bachchu (60), an outspoken proponent of secular principles and owner of a publishing house 'Bishaka Prokashoni' that specialized in publishing poetry, was gunned down in his ancestral village Kakaldi in Munshiganj District of Dhaka Division by five armed men.

Jamal Uddin, a prominent Liberation War researcher in Chittagong District and proprietor of Balaka Prakashan, received death threat from an unidentified person.

June 14

War crimes witness Shumon Zahid (52), was found dead on the railway tracks at Khilgaon Bagicha in the capital Dhaka city. Shumon was the key prosecution witness in the war crimes case against absconding convicted war criminals and Al-Badr bosses Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzman Khan.

June 15

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said the Government is concerned about the killings of war crimes trial witness Shumon Zahid and Munshiganj publisher Shahjahan Bachchu.

CTTC unit Chief Monirul Islam while talking to journalists at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Media Centre said Ansar Al-Islam may be involved in the killing of Shahjahan Bachchu.

Shahriar Kabir, Acting President of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee said there should be proper security arrangements for protecting the witnesses.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.