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Bomb at Sheikh Hasina’s rally: Conspiracy, sedition case verdict today

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:53 AM, 23 March 2021   Updated: 11:57 AM, 23 March 2021

Sheikh Hasina in rally; File Photo

Sheikh Hasina in rally; File Photo

The verdict in the conspiracy and sedition case will be announced on Tuesday in connection with the planting of a 76-kg bomb near a rally in Kotalipara of Gopalganj to assassinate Sheikh Hasina 21 years ago.

Judge Abu Jafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 is set to give the verdict at 12:00 pm. 

The accused in the case are - Md Azizul Haque alias Shanewaj, Md Lokman, Md Eusuf, Mochahab Hossain, Sheikh 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.

Among them – Mawlana Amirul Islam and Mawlana Rafikul Islam Khan are out on bail.

Special Public Prosecutor (PP) of the court Abu Abdullah Bhuiyan said the death reference and appeal hearing in the case of attempted murder have already been completed in the High Court. “The death sentence of 10 people is upheld in the High Court.” 

“We have been able to prove the allegations against the accused by presenting evidence in this case as well. Hopefully, the maximum punishment for the accused will be death,” he added.

Former CID ASP Abdul Kahar Akand testified in the case on February 28. With this, the testimony of the case ended.

Of the 50 witnesses in the case – 34 testified in the court. After presenting the defense and arguments of the accused, the date was fixed for the verdict on March 11.

According to the case details, 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 the Prime Minister’s rally.

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

Judge Mumtaz Begum of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 in 2017 sentenced 10 accused to death in the attempted murder case. The High Court also upheld the death sentence of the accused on February 17.