Press Esc to close
Tuesday 24 January 2017
News updated at 2:24 AM IST
Weather
Max: 30.3°C
Min : 16.8°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Dhaka court indicts ex-premier's son for 2004 grenade attack

Dhaka, Mar 18 2012, (PTI):
Former Prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia's "fugitive" elder son and 29 others were today indicted by a special Bangladeshi tribunal over a 2004 grenade attack on current premier Sheikh Hasina's rally that killed 24 people and injured her.

"Charges were framed as the allegations against them were proved primarily," judge Shahed Nuruddin of Dhaka's Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 pronounced, also indicting ex-junior minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar besides Zia's son--Tarique Rahman-- and 28 others, formally launching the trial of the case.

The judge set March 28 for hearing the witnesses' testimony as several senior police and army intelligence officials were also found involved in the attack, said to be carried out by banned militant outfit Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) operatives.

The charges carry death penalty.

Awami League chief, Hasina, had narrowly escaped the attack that crippled 200 party supporters while the dead included party's women front chief and President Zillur Rahman's wife Ivy Rahman.

However, Hasina suffered injuries to one of her ears causing permanent disability. She even undertook treatment for the same abroad.

Tarique, also the senior vice president of Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was accused of masterminding the attack along with several party stalwarts and leaders of their fundamentalist ally Jamaat-e-Islami.

Under the court order, Tarique and 19 others are being tried in absentia as they "failed" to appear.

They have been declared as "absconding".

Tarique is also an accused in several other criminal and graft cases pending for trial but is now in London on an earlier granted government parole for treatment since 2008 though the parole was subsequently scrapped.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Inmates of Netaji subhash Chandra Bose Central Jail perform at a programe on Netaji's birth...

Inmates of Netaji subhash Chandra Bose Central Jail perform at a programe on Netaji's birth...

The contingent of Indian Navy marching past during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day...

The contingent of Indian Navy marching past during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day...

Bollywood actors Sidharth Malhotra (L) and Katrina Kaif at the 'Umang Mumbai Police Show 2017...

Bollywood actors Sidharth Malhotra (L) and Katrina Kaif at the 'Umang Mumbai Police Show 2017...

Camel mounted Indian Border Security Force soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for...

Camel mounted Indian Border Security Force soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for...

An injured is taken away for treatment after police resorted lathicharge to disperse protesters...

An injured is taken away for treatment after police resorted lathicharge to disperse protesters...

Riot Control Police take away pro-Jallikattu protesters after a clash at the Marina Beach...

Riot Control Police take away pro-Jallikattu protesters after a clash at the Marina Beach...

A Pro-Jallikattu protester throws bottle at the police during a violent clash near Marina Beach...

A Pro-Jallikattu protester throws bottle at the police during a violent clash near Marina Beach...

A pro-Jallikattu protester throwing bottles at police personnel during a clash near Marina...

A pro-Jallikattu protester throwing bottles at police personnel during a clash near Marina...

A worker stitches the national flag at a workshop on the occasion of Republic Day in Bhiwandi...

A worker stitches the national flag at a workshop on the occasion of Republic Day in Bhiwandi...

Actors Jackie Chan and Sonu Sood along with the other starcast during a promotional event...

Actors Jackie Chan and Sonu Sood along with the other starcast during a promotional event...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523