A member of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was executed at Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur in a case filed over the 2005 Udichi bomb attack case.
Asaduzzaman Ponir alias Asad, 37, from Mymensingh, was hanged to death at 11:00pm on Thursday, said Senior Jail Superintendent Gias Uddin of Kashimpur jail.Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons (Dhaka division) Towhidur Rahman, Gazipur Civil Surgeon Dr Khairuzzaman, Additional Executive Magistrate Nasrin Akhter, Gazipur Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Zakir Hossain, and Senior Jail Superintendent Gias Uddin were present during the execution.
Later, the body of Ponir was handed over to his family members after the post-execution formalities.
Ponir was sentenced to death in connection with the bomb blast at cultural organization Udichi Shilpi Goshthi and Shatadal’s office in Netrakona district on December 8, 2005, which killed eight people.
Two cases were filed with Netrakona police station over the attack. Dhaka speedy trial tribunal-2 awarded Asaduzzaman Ponir and two other accused --Salauddin Sohel and Younus Ali – to death on February 17, 2008 in a case filed under penal code.
Ponir moved against his death sentence, but the Supreme Court upheld the sentence. He also applied to the president for clemency, which was rejected on June 23 this year.
Two other convicts in the case, JMB leader Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai and Ataur Rahman Sani -- the younger brother of JMB founder Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were executed in another case in 2007.The Dhaka speedy tribunal had also sentenced Ponir to 20 years in jail in another case under the Explosive Substances Act over the bombing attack.