A tribunal in Chattogram on Sunday sentenced a top leader of the banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death and another to life term imprisonment in a case over a bomb attack on Chattogram court premises in 2005.
The condemned convict is Mizan alias Zahidul Islam alias ‘Boma’ Mizan while the lifer is Zabed Iqbal alias Mohamamd, commander of JMB’s Chattogram division.
Judge Abdul Halim of Chattogram Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal handed down the verdict.
Zabed is now behind bars while ‘Boma’ Mizan was tried in absentia.
On February, 13, 2014, some militants snatched Mizan while he was being taken to Mymensingh from Gazipur’s Kashimpur jail. Since then, he has been on the run.
According to the prosecution, Rajib Barua, a police constable, and Shahabuddin, a justice seeker, were killed as militants hurled a bomb on a police check-post on the court premises on November 29, 2005.
Ten people, including cops and pedestrians, were also injured in the attack.
Later in the day, a case was filed with Kotwali Police Station.
On May 18, 2006, then DB inspector Hla Ching Pru submitted a chargesheet against five people, including JMB chief Abdur Rahman, its second-in-command Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla bhai, its military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny, ‘Boma’ Mizan and Zabed in the case.
On July 16, 2006, the court framed charges against them.
JMB leaders Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai and Sunny were dropped from the case as they were hanged in another case.
Later in 2018, the case was shifted to the Chattogram Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal.
After examining the records and witnesses, the tribunal handed down the verdict.
Source: United News of Bangladesh