Bomb on Sheikh Hasina's rally ground: 14 people sentenced to death

The court sentenced 14 people to death in the case of planting a bomb at Sheikh Hasina's gathering place with the intention of killing her.

On Tuesday (March 23), Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Jafar Md. Kamruzzaman's court announced the verdict of this case.

The defendants sentenced to death are Md. Azizul Haque aka Shahnewaz, Md. Lokman, Md. Yusuf alias Moshab Moral, Moshab Hasan alias Rashu, Sheikh Md. Enamul Haque, Md. Mofizur Rahman aka Mofiz, Md. Mahmud Azhar aka Mamunur Rashid, Md. Rasheduzzaman aka Shimul, Md. Tarek, Md. Wadud Sheikh alias Gazi Khan, Md. Anisul Islam, Sarwar Hossain Mia, Maulana Amirul Islam alias Jennat Munshi and Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan.

20 years after the incident, Judge Abu Jafar of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1. Kamruzzaman's court announced this verdict. Last March 11 was the judgment day. In this case, the court has taken the testimony of 34 out of 50 witnesses.

Earlier on November 15, 2001, the then CID ASP Abdul Kahar Akand filed the charge sheet in the case.

Then on November 21, 2004, the court framed charges against the accused and ordered trial.

Among the 14 defendants. Azizul Haque aka Shahnewaz, Md. Lokman, Md. Yusuf alias Moshab Moral, Moshab Hasan alias Rashu and Sheikh Md. Enamul Haque is absconding. Seven accused are in jail. They are Mofizur Rahman alias Mofiz, Mahmud Azhar alias Mamunur Rashid, Rasheduzzaman alias Shimul, Tarek, Wadud Sheikh alias Gazi Khan, Anisul Islam and Sarwar Hossain Mia. Two accused Maulana Amirul Islam alias Jennat Munshi and Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan are on bail.

On July 21, 2000, a bomb weighing 76 kg was recovered from the side of the gathering place of the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the ground of Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Adarsh College in Kotalipara, Gopalganj.

Sheikh Hasina was supposed to give a speech at that place the next day. Kotalipara Sub-Inspector Noor Hossain filed a case under the Explosives Act in that incident.

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