Testimony in Kotalipara helipad bomb planting case ends

Testimony in a case lodged over planting bomb at the temporary helipad on Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Government Ideal College ground to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000, ended today.

Defence lawyers concluded cross-examining investigation officer former ASP of CID Abdul Kahhar Akand at Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 today. After that Judge Abu Jafar Md Kamruzzaman of the tribunal set March 4 for defence to submit their statements in self-defence.

The accused in the case are-Md Azizul Haque alias Shanewaj, Md Lokman, Md Eusuf, Mochahab HossainSheikh Md Enamul Haque, Md Mofijur Rahman, Md Mahmud Ajhar, Md Rasheduzzaman, Md Tarek, Md Wadud Sheikh, Md Anisul Islam, Sarwar Hossain Miah, Mawlana Amirul Islam and Mawlana Rafikul Islam Khan.

According to the case documents, army men recovered a 76-kg powerful bomb on July 21, 2000, from the premises of Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Government Ideal College when a podium was being made for Prime Minister’s rally.

Then sub-inspector Nur Hossain of Kotalipara Police Station filed the case under explosive substances act. ASP Abdul Kahhar Akand on November 15, 2001, filed charge-sheet in the case and the court on November 21, 2004, framed charges against the accused.

A total of 34 witnesses out of 50 were examined by the court in the case.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)