Prosecution concludes testimony in Aug 21 grenade attack cases

DHAKA, May 30, 2017 (BSS) - The prosecution today concluded its testimony with completion of cross-examination of investigation officer (IO) in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack cases.

After the prosecution confirmed that they will not submit any more prosecution witness in the case, Judge of Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka, Shaheed Nur Uddin fixed three separate dates June 12, 13 and 14 for submission of statements by the accused in self-defence.

The gruesome grenade attacks were carried out at an anti- terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) on August 21 in 2004 during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government aiming to eliminate the party leadership.

A total of 24 people including the then Mahila AL president and wife of late Bangladesh's President Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured and many of them became crippled for life.

With the grace of the almighty, the then opposition leader and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other front ranking leaders of the AL escaped the carnage.

Two separate cases were lodged -one for murder and another under explosive act-were filed to this end.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted two separate supplementary charge sheets in the August 21 grenade attack cases against 30 people on July 3 this year after a fresh investigation into the matter.

With them, the number of accused in the cases stands at 52,as CID earlier on July 11, 2008 indicted 22 people including ex-deputy minister of the BNP Abdus Salam Pintu and chief of the banned outfit Harkatul Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) Mufti Abdul Hannan.

Nineteen-charge sheeted accused out of 52 including Tarique Rahman, BNP senior vice-chairman and elder son of BNP Chairperson and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia are still at large while 26 accused are in jail and eight others including three former inspector general of police (IGPs) are on bail.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)