A Dhaka court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict today in a case filed over bomb attack on a rally of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) in 2001 in the capital that killed five people.
Judge Robiul Alam of Dhaka Additional 3rd Metropolitan Sessions judge court on December 1 set the date to deliver the verdict after concluding arguments hearing from both defence and state sides in the case.Chief public prosecutor Abdullah Abu of Dhaka metropolitan sessions judges court said “We are expecting maximum punishment for the 12 accused as we believe we have been able to prove the charges against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt.”
A total of 46 prosecution witnesses were testified before the court on different occasions in the case.
According to the case, five people were killed and 20 others injured in the attack on CPB rally in capital’s Paltan Maidan on January 20, 2001.
Then CPB president Manzurul Ahsan Khan filed the case with Motijheel Police Station. But police had given final report in 2003, saying it did not find any credible evidences in the case.
Police in 2005 reopened the case and on November 26, 2013, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police submitted charge sheets against 13 activists of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) in two cases filed over murder and explosives substances acts.
The court on September 4, 2014, framed charges against the accused in the cases.The accused are-HuJI leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, Mufti Moin Uddin Sheikh, Arif Hossain Sumon, Mawlana Sabbir Ahmed, Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid, Md Moshiur Rahman, Jahangir Alam Badar, Mohibul Muttakin, Aminul Mursalin, Mufti Abdul Hai, Mufti Shafikur Rahman, Rafikul Islam Miraz and Nur Islam.
Of the 13, Mufti Abdul Hannan has been executed earlier in another case and his name has been dropped from this one.
Of the other accused, Jahangir Alam Badar, Mohibul Muttakin, Aminul Mursalin, Mufti Abdul Hai, Mufti Shafikur Rahman, Rafikul Islam Miraz and Nur Islam are on the run while rest of the accused is now in jail.