Tajia procession bomb attack case stuck in witnesses' absence

Staff Correspondent
10 September 2019, Tue
Published: 09:31 Updated: 11:11

Tajia procession bomb attack case stuck in witnesses' absence

Almost four years have passed, but the trial of the bomb bast case has not yet been completed. The trial of the case is still at the trial stage in the special tribunal of Dhaka.

The brutal bomb blast took place in preparation for the Tajiya procession in the Hosseini building on the night of Muharram day of the year 9 Hijri 1437.

It took four years to complete the bomb blast on Tuesday (September 10), the day of the Holy Assyrian (as Hijri). However, the attack took place in Old Dhaka on October 24, 2015.

‘The witnesses are not coming to testify before the court. Police is responsible to produce them before the court and I think in this case the law enforcing agency has to be more alert,’ public prosecutor Abdullah Abu said.

The case is now pending before Anti-Terror Tribunal. Initially Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge court on May 31, 2017, framed charges against 10 members of banned extremist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh in the trial. Later the case was transferred to anti-terror tribunal.

According to the lawsuit, 20 to 25 thousand Shiya people from different parts of the city came to the Hosni Dalan in Old Dhaka to participate in the Tajiya procession on the night of October 23, the holy Ashura. The bombing took place at the Hosni building around 2 pm. Sajjad Hossain and Jamal Uddin were killed in the attack. Hundreds were also injured.

Two days after the incident, the police filed a case at Chawkbazar police station in the name of anonymous accused.

On 9 October 2016. Detective (DB) police inspector said. Shafiuddin Sheikh filed charge sheet in the Anti-Terrorism Act in court against the ten.

The investigation report said that there was evidence of the involvement of 13 JMB people. However, three of them were killed in a 'gunfight' with DB police, but they were dropped and the charge sheet was filed against 10.

The accused in the case are Omar Faruk Manik of Langura Midpara of Kalmakanda of Netrokona, Hafez Ahsan Ullah Masud of the same Upazila, Shahjalal Mia of Barotili village of Kaliakoir in Gazipur and Dimla Padum of Saighatar of Gaibandha. All four are out on bail.

On the other hand, the case of Saghata Kochua Dakshinpara Kabir Hossain alias Rashid alias Ashik, Bogra Adamdighi kesarata village Masud Rana Masud alias Sumon, Rubel Islam alias animate, Dinajpur Kotwali ghasiparara Abu Said Russell alias Solomon alias Salman alias Simon, the city's Kamrangirchar West ibrahimanagara baluramatha area Arman alias Moni , Zahid Hasan alias Rana of Rasulpur East of Kamrangirchar Alias ​​Musayab and Rubel Islam alias Sajib alias Sumon of Dinajpur are in jail.

Among the accused, Zahid, Arman, Rubel, and Kabir filed a confessional statement in section 164.

On May 7, 2017, the plaintiffs' pleadings on behalf of the defendants applied for the exemption of Article 25 (c) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Metropolitan Sessions Judge rejected the petition and set up charges against the accused. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Crimes Tribunal for trial.