Dhaka, Jan 20 : A Dhaka court on Monday sentenced 10 people to death in a case filed over the bombing at a CPB rally in Paltan, Dhaka in 2001. Additional metropolitan magistrate court judge Rabiul Alam delivered the verdict.
The convicts include Mufti Moin Uddin Sheikh, Arif Hasan Sumon, Maulana Sabbir Ahmed, Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid Jahangir Alam Badar, Mohibul Muttakin, Aminul Mursalin, Mufti Abdul Hai, Mufti Shafikur Rahman, and Nur Islam.
Moin Uddin, Sumon, Sabbir and Shawkat are in police custody while the rest are on the run. The court also fined them Tk 20,000 each. Besides, it acquitted Md Mashiur Rahman and Rafikul Islam Miraj. Another accused in the case, Mufti Abdul Hannan, was executed in a separate case. Argument in the case concluded on December 2.
Testimonies of 46 witnesses were recorded. Five people were killed and 50 others injured in bombing a Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) rally at Paltan ground in Dhaka on January 21, 2001. The case was closed in December 2003 as investigations found no evidence against the accused in the case and later in 2005 the case was reopened. (UNI)