Ramna bomb blast: Appeal hearing on Oct 24
Published: 03:53 PM, 24 June 2021
The High Court has fixed October 24 for hearing the appeal and death reference against the verdict of the Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) bomb attack on the New Year celebrations of Chayanat at Ramna Batamul 21 years ago.
A virtual High Court bench of Justice Krishna Debnath and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin on Thursday fixed the date for the last time in response to the state's plea.
Deputy Attorney General Shaheen Ahmed Khan stood for the state in the court while lawyer Mohammad Shishir Monir stood for the accused.
Thirteen years after the attack, a Dhaka court on June 23, 2014, sentenced eight militants, including Mufti Hannan, to death and six others to life imprisonment in the murder case.
The seven others are Arif Hasan Sumon, Maulana Akbar Hossain, Maulana Tajuddin, Hafez Jahangir Alam Badal, Maulana Abu Bakar, Mufti Shafikur Rahman and Mufti Abdul Hai. Of them, Sumon, Jewel, Abu Taher, Rauf and Akbar are behind bars while two others are still on the run.
Everyone sentenced to death was also fined Tk 50,000. The court sentenced them to one more year imprisonment for non-payment. The accused appealed to the High Court against this verdict.
Hafez Maulana Abu Taher, Maulana Sabbir alias Abdul Hannan Sabbir, Hafez Maulana Yahya, Maulana Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid, Maulana Abdur Rauf and Shahadat Ullah alias Jewel were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Later on January 8, 2017, The High Court bench of Justice M. Inayetur Rahim and Justice Sahidul Karim began hearing the death reference and appeal of the case. March 14 of that year was then set as the date for the final argument. The court later dropped the case from the agenda.
Then the case handed over to Justice Ruhul Quddus and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin in the High Court bench but it was dropped from the cause-list due to a reconstitution of the bench.
Incidentally, 10 people were killed and many others were injured in a bomb blast by the banned Harkatul Jihad (Huji) militants on April 14, 2001, during the New Year celebrations of the cultural organization Chayanat.