The verdict of the grenade attack case will be announced today on Wednesday. The law enforcement force has already strengthened the security of the entire country, including the capital Dhaka, surrounded by this verdict. Police headquarters and police officials of different districts said that every district and metropolitan police and intelligence agencies have been kept in the field carefully due to no such sabotage surrounding the verdict.
On 21 August 2004, a grenade attack took place in front of the central office of Bangabandhu Avenue of Dhaka, the current Prime Minister and then the opposition leader Sheikh Hasina’s anti-terrorism and anti-militant demonstrations. Fortunately, when Sheikh Hasina survived, 24 people including Awami League central leader Ivy Rahman (the wife of late President Zillur Rahman) were killed and more than 200 activists were seriously injured. After the brutal grenade attack, two cases of murder and explosive goods were filed. Judge Shahed Noor Uddin fixed the date for the verdict on September 18 after the investigation, supplementary investigation and hearing of the case for nearly 14 years. The prosecution participated in the hearing, Chief Prosecutor Syed Rezaur Rahman, Mosharraf Hossain Kajol, Ekramul Haque Shyamal and many other people. The other defendants took part in the hearing, Advocate Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, Abdur Rezzak Khan, SM Shahjahan, Nazrul Islam, Tara Mia and Moinuddin along with others.
The total accused in the grenade case was 52. One of the accused in the trial, Jamaat leader and al-Badar commander Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid were exonerated in the case of humanitarian crime and the death sentence of Harkatul Jihad leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Islam Bipi, British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury. Currently, the number of accused in the cases is 49 people. There are 31 accused in the case, but the remaining 18 are absconding. In the testimony of the case, a total of 225 witnesses were produced in the court for 511 witnesses in the state. Those who are in jail are former State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, former Deputy Minister Abdus Salam Pintu, Mufti Hannan’s brother Muhibullah Mafizur Rahman alias Ai, former Director General of National Intelligence NSI Abdur Rahim, former Director General of the Directorate General of Military Intelligence Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury, Police Former IG Ashraful Huda, former IG Shaw Md. Abu Sayeed alias Dr. Zafar, Abul Kalam Azad alias Bulbul, Lieutenant Commander (retd) Saiful Islam Duke of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, first investigation officer of the case, former Special Police Superintendent Ruhul Amin, Senior CID ASP Munshi Atiqur Rahman, ASP Abdur Rashid, Jahangir Alam, Hafez Maulana Abu Taher, Shahadat Ulha alias Jewel, Shoaib Ahmad Tamim, Moinuddin Sheikh alias Abu Jandal, Arif Hasan Suman, Rafiqul Islam Sabuj, Ujjal alias Ratan, Harkatul Jihad leader Abdul Malek alias Golam Mohammad alias GM, Sheikh Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s Kashmiri citizen Abdul Majed Bhat, Abdul Hannan alias Sabbir, Maulana Abdur Rauf alias Pir Saheb, Maulana Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid, Abu Bakar alias Hafez Salim Hawladar and Hafez Maulana Yahya And former Ward commissioner Arifur Rahman.
The absconding accused are BNP acting chairman and Khaleda Zia’s eldest son Tarique Rahman, political secretary to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia Harish Chowdhury, State Minister for former religion Kazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad, former Deputy Minister Abdus Salam Pintu’s brother Maulana Tajuddin, former Major General ATM Amin, Mahibul Mutakkin Alias Mutakin, Anisul Murshalin alias Murshid Lynn, Mohammad Khalil, Jahangir Alam Badar, Mohammad Iqbal, Liton alias Maulana Liton, former DC (East) of Police Obaidur Rahman, former DC of Police (South) Khan Said Hasan, former army officer Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Saiful Islam Joardar, Transportation Agency Hanif Enterprice owner Mohammad Hanif, Shafiqur Rahman, Abdul Hai and Babu alias Batalu Babu.
Police officials said that the followers of BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman, former State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, Haris Chowdhury and several former leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and former army officers were trying to riot after the verdict was declared as the main accused in the case. The law enforcing agencies have been kept in a caution with the danger.
Witnesses said the police had searched the car at the checkpost on Dhaka’s important crossing from the morning on Tuesday. Besides, RAB, police and detective member members have been deployed in the country along with Dhaka.
It is learned that the detectives have collected advance information about their families and relatives who have names in the case as accused. After the verdict, there could be some unpleasantness that the security of all possible areas has been depleted Moreover, additional preparations of the police to prevent attacks and sabotage in several districts outside Dhaka. Police has set up special security and alert guards in several districts including Satkhira, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Jhenaidah, Laxmipur, Feni, Chittagong, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Bogra, Gaibandha, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the country surrounded the verdict.