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Aug 21 grenade Attack Case

Two ex-IGPs granted bail

Staff Correspondent

22 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The High Court has granted bail for six months to two former inspectors general of police Shahudul Haque and Ashraful Huda in August 21 grenade attack case.

A division bench comprising Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhismadev Chakrabarti passed the order on Monday following bail petitions filed by them.

The duo filed appeals with the HC against the lower court verdict that sentenced them to imprisonment for two years in August 21 grenade attack case.

The HC accepted their appeals for hearing and granted them bail. 

Defence counsels said the duo earlier spent 14 months in jail although they were sentenced imprisonment for two years. Considering the issue, the trial court earlier granted them bail. Later, they were landed in jail following conviction.

On October 10 last year, a Dhaka court sentenced 19 people, including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu to death in the grenade attack case.

A case two cases filed over the deadly grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004 that left 24 people dead and over 300 wounded.

The court also awarded 19 others, including BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment in the case. Eleven 11 people were awarded jail for different terms.

Ashraful Huda and Shahudul Haque were awarded jail for two years and fined Tk 50,000 in default, to suffer six more months in jail.