CHATTOGRAM: A court here on Sunday awarded death sentence to a top leader of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and life imprisonment to another in a case filed in connection with a bomb attack on the Chattogram court premises in 2005.
The condemned convict is Jahidul Islam Mizan alias ‘Boma Mizan’, who is now in an Indian jail, while the lifer is JMB Chattogram divisional Commander Jabed Iqbal.
The tribunal also fined Jabed Tk 2 lakh. In case of failure to pay the fine, he will have to serve two more years in prison.
‘Boma Mizan’ is now in an Indian jail after he was sentenced to 29 years’ imprisonment in a case there, said the PP.
According to prosecution, a JMB operative carried out a suicide bomb attack on a police check-post on the Chattogram court premises during the tenure of BNP-led four-party alliance government on November 29, 2005.
The attack left on-duty constable Rajib Barua and justice seeker Md Shahabuddin of Sitakunda upazila dead and 10 other people injured.
The attacker also succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at Chattogram Medical College Hospital later.
Apart from ‘Boma Mizan’ and Jabed, JMB Chief Shaykh Abdur Rahman, Second-in-Command Siddiqur Rahman alias ‘Bangla Bhai’ and Military Commander Ataur Rahman Sunny were named in the charge sheet.
However, the court exempted them of the charges as they were executed in other cases.
The court framed charges in the case on April 16, 2007. The trial proceedings completed on September 21 last.
‘Boma Mizan’ was also in jail after his arrest. His fellow militants snatched him attacking a prison van in Trishal of Mymensingh district on February 13, 2014.
‘Boma Mizan’, who received high-level training in explosives from different international militant outfits abroad, fled to India after the Trishal incident.
He started working to reorganise JMB there and got arrested in Bengaluru in August 2018. An Indian court awarded 29 years’ imprisonment to him in a case in February last, said sources.
The top JMB leader was also awarded imprisonment of different terms in different cases in Bangladesh earlier.
The other convict, Jabed Iqbal, was also awarded around 400 years’ imprisonment in around 30 cases filed in connection with the activities of the banned militant outfit.