Mufti Hannan, 12 others indicted

August 22, 2014

Bomb Attacks On Cbp Rally
Mufti Hannan, 12 others indicted
A court has framed charges against 13 people, including banned Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, on charge of deadly bomb attacks on a rally of the Communist Party of Bangladesh in the city 13 years ago. Dhaka’s third additional metropolitan session’s judge KM Imrul Kayes framed the charges on Thursday afternoon in presence of five of the accused. The Court framed charged under sections 302/324/326/307/120(b) and also 34 of the penal code in the murder case.
Eight people were killed and over 50 injured in the terror attack on the CPB rally at Paltan Maidan on January 20, 2001. Two cases were filed over the bomb attacks and killings.
Manzurul Ahsan Khan, the then president of the CPB, had filed the cases with Motijheel police station. He alleged that a group of anti-state terrors had carried out the attacks.
Seven of the accused went into hiding after the filing of the cases and another absconded after a court granted him bail.
The five accused, including Mufti Hannan, were taken to the court from the jail.
The court will start recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the murder case on September 14.
All five accused present in the court, including Mufti Hannan, claimed themselves innocent when additional public prosecutor Asaduzzaman Khan read out the charges in front of them.
Among the 13 accused, Mufti Hannan, Mufti Mainuddin Khwaja alias Abu Jandal, Arif Hasan Suman, Maulana Sabbir Hossain, Shawkat Osman and Md Moshiur Rahman are now in jail.
The seven others on the run are Maulana Abdul Hai, Mufti Shafiqur Rahman, Jahangir Alam Badar, Nurul Islam, Mohibul Muttakim, Anisul Morsalin and Rafiqul Islam Miraj.
Involvement of terror outfit Huji in the bomb attacks on the CPB rally surfaced nine and a half years after the bloody incident when Jandal had shouldered responsibility in a judicial confessional statement.
In his statement, Jandal said the Huji men had carried out the bomb attacks on the CPB rally where five people were killed. While escaping, the attackers exploded another bomb on Bangabandhu Avenue that killed three people, including two hawkers.
Some of the accused, including Hannan and Jandal are also accused in the August 21 grenade attack cases. Hannan and some others of the 13 accused have also been charged with the terror attack at Ramna Batamul. The CID found Huji’s involvement in the attack on Chhayanaut’s traditional programme to welcome Bangla New Year on April 14, 2001 that killed 10 people. Huji attempted to assassinate Sheikh Hasina during her first tenure as prime minister in 1996-2001. The banned outfit had also carried out some other terror attacks, including the grenade attack on former British high commissioner Anwar Choudhury at Shahjalal’s shrine in Sylhet on May 21, 2004. The Bangladeshi-born British envoy narrowly escaped death. A court in Sylhet had awarded Hannan death sentence for the attack.
Two years after the attack, during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance government, the CID had submitted a final report on December 17, 2003 accusing none. But the complainant was not satisfied with the report. On January 27, 2005, the chief metropolitan magistrate asked the authorities to reinvestigate the matter following a petition for fresh probe into the cases.
On November 28, 2013, investigation officer Mrinal Kanti Saha, also an inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), submitted the charge sheets before the chief metropolitan magistrate court in Dhaka accusing Huji for the attack. The IO also made 137 prosecution witnesses in these cases.

-Input from New Age

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