Friday, June 20, 2008

6 JMB militants get life for serial blasts

A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced six militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) to life terms in jail for the murder of a rickshaw-puller during the serial blasts of August 17, 2005 in Chapainawabganj district.

Rajshahi speedy trial tribunal Judge ATM Mesbauddoula convicted them for murder and sedition charges under Sections 302 and 120 (B) of Bangladesh Penal Code.

The judge also fined each convict Tk 10,000, in default of which they are to spend one more year of imprisonment.

Convicted Shahidullah Faruk Selim, Abul Kashem Tufan, Shakhawat Hossain Ziad and Hafez Ali Akbor Riaz were produced present on the court dock during the delivery of the verdict.

The other two convicts, Shafiullah Shahid and Hafijur Rahman Dalim, are absconding.

JMB militants orchestrated around 500 synchronised blasts across in all districts of the country but one, with a call for an Islamists' Jihad on August 17 of 2005.

In Chapainawabganj, the blasts rocked Biswaroad crossing, Old Judge Court Bhaban, Mahananda bridge area, New Market and the DC's office, and injured leaving three people --Moti Saha, Rabi Saha and rickshaw-puller Rabiul Islam.

Rabiul later succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.

Apart from a case for serial blasts, Sub inspector Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury of Chapainawabganj Sadar police station also lodged a murder case in this regard.

Detective Branch police inspector M Hafizul Islam submitted the charge sheet in the murder case on November 14, 2005 accusing 10 people in both cases.

Later on October 11, 2006, he submitted a supplementary charge sheet in the murder case relieving Abdullah Al Mamun Nasim from murder charges.

JMB chief Shayakh Abdur Rahman, other Majlish-e sura members Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai and Abdul Awal were also accused in the charges, but they were later relieved from the case after they were executed in 2006.

Meanwhile, the six militants and their other accomplice Abdullah Al Mamun Nasim were awarded life-term in the serial blasts case, by the same court, on January 31.

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