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11 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Victim families unhappy with verdict

Staff Reporter
Victim families  unhappy with verdict
Former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar looks through the window of a police car on his way to the makeshift special court set up beside the former Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road in old part of the capital yesterday. Independent Photo

The survivors and family members of the victims of the August 21 grenade attack wanted immediate execution of the court verdict delivered by a special tribunal in two cases filed over the carnage. Many of them said that they were not satisfied with the verdict.

The main masterminds behind the attack should have been handed death, they added. They also said the verdict did not reflect their wish as the true masterminds of the grenade attacks were not awarded the death penalty.

A speedy trial tribunal yesterday sentenced to death former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu and 17 others. It also awarded life-term imprisonment to BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and 18 others for the grenade attack on a rally of Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina in 2004.  

Our Chandpur correspondent reports: Family members of two victims— Atiqullah Sarker of Matlab north upazila and Abdul Kuddus of Haimchar upazila— expressed thanks and gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the verdict and demanded execution of the verdict as soon as possible.

Laili Begum, wife of  Atiqullah Sarker, an Awami League  activist, their son Mithun Sarker and Atiqullah’s sister Tania Begum also demanded that the fugitives in this case be brought back to Bangladesh and given punishment.

If the verdict is implemented and executed, the souls of the victims of the grenade attack would rest in peace, they observed.

Humayun Kabir, elder brother of deceased Abdul Kuddus, said his family members were also satisfied with the verdict. But he maintained that the verdict should be implemented as early as possible.

They also demanded that all fugitive convicts in this case must be brought back to Bangladesh and put behind bars.

Mahbuba Parvin, a former Secchasebok League leader, who is still carrying some of the splinters of the devastating grenade explosions, said they wanted execution of the highest punishment awarded by the special tribunal court.

She said the government should not spare any of the culprits involved in the barbaric attack that had left at least 24 people killed and over 300 injured.

Md Samrat Akbar Sabuj, 32, an activist of Dhaka’s Paltan Swecchasebak League unit, said that he was unhappy with the verdict delivered by a special tribunal in two cases. “Tarique Rahman, who masterminded the August 21 carnage, should have been given the death penalty for his crimes. We’re really unhappy with the verdict.”

Samrat was present at the AL rally that day along with his parents. He was only 18 years old at that time. Both Samrat and his mother sustained injuries from splinters on that fateful day.

Meanwhile, leaders and activists of the AL and its front organizations staged demonstrations and brought out processions in different places of Dhaka, Bogra, Gopalganj, Gazipur, Mymensingh, Chapainawabganj, Moulavi Bazar, Madaripur, Jhenaidah, Bagerhat, Sunamganj, Sunamganj, Bandarbans and Faridpur after the verdict. They expressed their dissatisfaction that Tarique Rahman was not given the death sentence by the tribunal.

 

 

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