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24 April, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Aug 2005 serial bomb blast

15 JMB men jailed for life in Khagrachhari

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A special tribunal court in Khagrachhari yesterday sentenced 15 Jamatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) men to life imprisonment and fined Tk. 20,000 each for their involvement in the serial bomb blasts on August 17, 2005. The court said the convicts would get an additional six months’ rigorous imprisonment if they failed to pay the fine.

The court, however, acquitted Abul Kalam Azad in the same case. Ratneswar Bhattachariya, the special tribunal Judge, delivered the verdict yesterday afternoon.

Public prosecutor (PP) Bidhan Kanoongo said the verdict was delivered 13 years after the crime was committed. He praised the judgment, saying it would set an example for the next generation.

The PP said the convicts were Ariful Islam, Shahidul Islam, Ruhul Amin, Karim Ali, Ismail Hossain, Monju Mia, Ruhul Amin Sufi, Ershad Shakib, Belal Mia, Hasan Al Mahmud, Asaduzzaman, Emdadul Hoque, Faruq Hossain, Enayet Ullah and Abu Jor.

Among them, Belal Mia has been on the run since 2005.

The PP said these JMB members had blasted bombs in three different places in Khagrachhari on August 17, 2005.

A case was filed with Khagrachhari Sadar police station against the 16 JMB men on the same day. The JMB men were arrested from different parts of the country and produced before the court. The The investigating officer (IO) had submitted a charge-sheet against

the JMB men on March 6, 2006. A total of 15 prosecution witnesses, including some victims, complainants, and the investigating officer, gave their deposition before the tribunal.

The tribunal also heard arguments from both the state and the defence side on April 10 this year.

The JMB men were convicted under Section 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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