Another Accused in the Rautahat Incident Arrested
Mahatab Alam, 46, of Rajpur Municipality-4 has been arrested by the Provincial Police and District Police Office, Rautahat on December 7 on charges of burning people alive in a brick kiln 13 years ago.
According to Inspector Sushil Kumar Pandey of the District Police Office, Rautahat, Mahatab was arrested from Baudhimai Municipality-7, Bankul on December 7.
Two people were killed when a bomb exploded at the house of Nepali Congress leader Sheikh Idris in Fardawa village of Rajpur Municipality-4 on the night before the first Constituent Assembly election on April 9, 2008.
A complaint was lodged alleging that Aftab Alam, a Congress leader and former MP, was involved in the incident and that Alam had burnt to death 23 people who were injured in the blast. These people were alive during the incident.
The blast killed Trilok Pratap Singh, 24, and Osi Akhtar, 22 of Saruatha.
Soon after the incident, Srinarayan Singh, father of the deceased Trilok Pratap Singh and Roxana Khatun, mother of Osi Akhtar had lodged an FIR against Mahatab Alam, Movin Alam, Sheikh Bhadai and Sheikh Saroj.
The District Public Prosecutor’s Office, Rautahat, through the Attorney General’s Office, had decided not to prosecute the case after reviewing the investigation report on July 14, 2008.
However, a bench of the then Judge Sushila Karki had ordered the District Police Office, Rautahat to investigate the case from the outset on May 27, 2012.
Police said that Aftab Alam was arrested on October 13, 2019, on the charge of the same incident and is currently in custody for trial. According to Inspector Pandey, Mahatab is the brother of Congress leader and former MP Alam.
According to the police, Alam was planning to make a bomb at the house of his uncle Sheikh Idris on April 9, 2008, targeting the Constituent Assembly (CA) election. It is alleged that the injured were taken to the brick kiln chimney on a tractor and were burnt.
Institutions including the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) had conducted a field study and made public a brief report on May 7, 2018, regarding the incident.
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