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Conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh Hasina: 14 militants’ death reference in HC

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:11 PM, 6 April 2021   Updated: 02:19 PM, 6 April 2021

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The death reference of 14 militants convicted in a conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by planting a bomb at a rally in Gopalganj’s Kotalipara has reached the High Court.

Barrister Saifur Rahman, special officer of the Supreme Court, confirmed the information on Tuesday.

Earlier on March 23, Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 sentenced 14 militants to death for plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by planting a 76-kg bomb near a rally in Kotalipara, Gopalganj.

Judge Abu Jafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 handed down the verdict

The death penalty awardees 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.

A total of three cases were lodged in this incident. Verdicts in two of the cases were already completed in the court. The verdict of the other case was given on the same day (March 23).

A total of three cases were registered in this incident. Judgments in two of the cases were already in the court. The other case was decided on the same day.

On July 21, 2000, a powerful bomb was found on the premises of Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Government Adarsha College in Kotalipara, Gopalganj when a podium was being made for the Prime Minister’s rally.

An army team recovered the bomb weighing 76-kg. The next day, on July 23, another bomb weighing 40-kg was recovered.

In this incident, the police filed three cases with Kotalipara Police Station under the Attempted Assassination, Conspiracy to Kill and Explosives Control Act.

Judge Mumtaz Begum of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 in 2017 sentenced 10 militants to death and 13 others to various terms of imprisonment. All the convicts are leaders and activists of the banned militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B).

A verdict of an appeal was also given in the attempted assassination case. The High Court upheld the death sentence of 10 militants in a verdict announced on February 17. One convict sentenced to life term and two convicts sentenced to 14 years have also been upheld. Another convict sentenced to 14 years has been acquitted by the court.

On the other hand, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police filed a chargesheet in the court on November 15, 2001, in an assassinate conspiracy case. In 2004, the court framed charges against 14 accused. Of the 50 witnesses for the state – 34 testified.