Manna placed on 10-day remand
25 February 2015, Nirapad News: Nagarik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has been placed on a 10-day remand in a case filed on charge of instigating the armed forces.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbubur Rahman passed the order on Wednesday afternoon, after the IO of the case produced him before it with a 10-day remand plea. The court also rejected his bail plea.
Earlier in the day, a police van carrying the politician reached the court premises around 3 pm.
He was picked up by the members of RAB from the capital’s Dhanmondi area around 10:30 pm Monday, after his leaked telephonic conversations triggered massive controversy.
The elite force handed him over to Gulshan police station around Tuesday midnight, said Gulshan circle Assistant Commissioner Nurul Amin.
Manna was shown arrested in a case filed by SI Sohel Rana of Gulshan police on charge of instigating the armed forces. He was immediately handed over to Detective Branch of Police for interrogation.
Manna could not be traced for nearly 20 hours after the law enforcers allegedly picked him up at the early hours of Tuesday.
The BNP, who along with its partners have been enforcing a countrywide transport blockade and intermittent hartals since January 6, demanded that Manna be returned to his family immediately.
On Monday, after the conversations got leaked, Manna expressed fears that he might be arrested anytime. So he took refuge at a relative’s house and that is where he had been picked up from, alleged Manna’s wife Meher Nigar.
On the other hand, Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP’s) DB police, told that they were still scrutinizing the leaked conversations and trying to determine if they contained anything provocative or actionable.
Manna’s two telephonic conversations were made available on the internet on Monday by a number of online news portals. One of them was with senior BNP leader and ex-Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka who is now in the US and the other with an unknown person.
Manna told Khoka that a few deaths in police or criminal action would not matter if Dhaka University students could be involved with the movement for toppling the government. He suggested that if the BNP could engineer the take-over of some DU halls of residence in a confrontation, that it would shake the government.
In the other conversation, he seems to have hinted that he is ready to talk with army officers if they were to seek his opinion about remedying the prevailing political crisis.
The unknown person offered Manna to arrange meetings between Manna and 12 out of 19 “running officers” with whom the caller had been in touch. Manna agreed. When the caller said he would give phone numbers of those officers, Manna said he was afraid to talk over the phone but later agreed to use Viber when suggested.
On Monday, Manna in a Facebook status update admitted that he had had these conversations but claimed that he had been misinterpreted. Several leaders of the ruling Awami League of which he is a former organizing secretary demanded his arrest on sedition charges.