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Lacks security at AL Aug 21 rally pre-planned: prosecution

Sun Online Desk     18th December, 2017 06:18:39 printer

Lacks security at AL Aug 21 rally pre-planned: prosecution

Prosecution in their closing arguments in August 21, 2004, grenade attack case, on Monday said security lapses at the anti-terror rally called by Awami League (AL) was completely pre-planned.


"The then administration was completely aware of the fact that then leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to address the rally on that day. But they did not arrange proper security out of mala-fide intentions," chief prosecutor Syed Rezaur Rahman told the court Monday.


The senior jurist argued for the 21st day on Monday. He was aided by advocates Akram Uddin Shymal and Farhana Reza at the court.


Judge Shahed Nur Uddin of Dhaka 1st speedy trial tribunal adjourned the hearing till Tuesday (tomorrow) at the end of today's hearing.


"The then administration produced different fake and fabricated documents to cover the real culprits behind the attack. Their main aim was to eliminate the top leadership of Awami League including party president Sheikh Hasina. They used war-grade weapon like Arges grenade in this regard. The total conspiracy was hatched at Hawa Bhaban and officials residences of Lutfuzzaman Babar and Abdus Salam Pintu," Rahman added.


The prosecution placed arguments on the testimonies given by prosecution witnesses (PWs) number 121 to 161.


The prosecution in their earlier arguments had said a total of five local and foreign militant outfits were involved in the barbaric attack, killing 24 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Awami League.


"Harkat-ul Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), Kashmir-based separatist organisation Hizb-ul Mujahideen, Tehrik Jihad-e Islam, Lashkar-e Tyaba and Myanmar-based Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) were involved in the monstrous attack," the chief prosecutor said.


"Apart from these groups, Pakistan intelligence agency ISI and then BNP- Jamaat alliance government orchestrated the attack. The then government used Ministry of Home Affairs, DGFI, NSI and Bangladesh Police in executing the conspiracy," he added.


A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mohila Awami League President and wife of late President Zillur Rahman Ivy Rahman were killed and 500 others injured.


Earlier, the senior jurist in his arguments had said a total of 12 accused have given confessional statement under section 164. Of those accused, HuJI leader Mufti Abdul Hannan had given two confessional statements.


A total of 225 prosecution witnesses testified in the case while 20 witnesses were produced by the defence.