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ICT-2 orders to send two War Crimes accused to Chapainawabganj district jail: The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) ordered to send two War Crimes accused of Shibganj sub-District, Mahidur Rahman (80) and Afser Hossain (75), to Chapainawabganj district jail and submit progress report on investigation against them on November 2 in the case for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Earlier, on September 15, Mahidur was arrested from Dadonchalk village and Afsar Hossain from Satrashia village in Chapainababganj District. A local court sent them both to jail showing them arrested in a case over bomb explosion at Shibganj Shahid Minar on March 26, 2014. The Independent, September 24, 2014.

JMB and seven other Islamist outfits are trying to regroup and form a unified platform, says Police: Detectives Branch of Police has claimed that leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and seven other Islamist outfits, currently inside various jails, are trying to regroup and form a unified platform to establishing their ideologies by carrying out subversive activities across the. The seven organizations, which have joined hands with JMB, are Ansarullah Bangla Team, Jamaatul Muslemin, Majlish-e-Tamuddin, Hizbul Zihad, Hizbut Tahrik, Jamaatil Muslemin and Dawatul Jihad. Police said that these outfits discussed a regrouping plan at a meeting in a remote char area at Sariakandi sub-District in Bogra District on May 5. 25 top militant leaders attended the meeting that was held maintaining a 'three-tier security ring'. The Independent, September 22, 2014.

Bangladesh Bank identifies 10 private banks accounts suspected to have been used for financing militant activities: Bangladesh Bank identified 10 accounts of private banks that were used for transacting large amounts of money suspected to have been used for financing militant activities, including purchase of weapons and organizing subversive activities. According to a report of Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) at Bangladesh Bank, the 10 accounts were used to deposit money to account number 34015379 of Al-Arafah Islami Bank's Dhanmondi branch that belonged to Jasim Uddin, the 'chief' of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT). Dhaka Tribune, September 13, 2014.

If all the MPs and the people of the country want to have a law against hartal then steps might be taken for that, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on September 10 said if all the Members of Parliament (MPs) and the people of the country want to have a law against hartal (general strike) then steps might be taken for that. "If all the Member of Parliaments (MPs) and the people of the country want to have a law against hartal then steps might be taken for that. But, it'll be wise if the people of the country resist such political programme (hartal). I can't tell anything about imposing a ban on hartal by enacting a law right now because it depends on the people of the country," she said. The Indpedent, September 11, 2014.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's message not a serious issue for Bangladesh, says State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan: State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan on September 4 said that the video message of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is not a serious issue for Bangladesh. "The videotaped message of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri about the creation of an Indian wing of his militant organization was not a serious issue for Bangladesh," he stated. He ruled out the possibility of Islamist militancy spreading its tentacles in Bangladesh but said agencies will check out whether any local organization has links to al Qaeda. Daily Star, September 5, 2014.

Bangladesh agrees to extradite ULFA leader to India: Bangladesh has agreed to hand over United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader Anup Chetia to India. Home Affairs Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan at a news conference after the 15th India-Bangladesh Home Secretary-level meeting, which concluded in Dhaka city on September 3 said, "Now, India wants to get the ULFA leader back. In response, we told them that we have no objection." The Hindu, September 4, 2014.

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