Press Esc to close
Sunday 26 October 2014
News updated at 9:47 AM IST
Weather
Max: 22°C
Min : 21°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

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
Mrs. Komal Kalra Pagarani who is all set to represent India...

Mrs. Komal Kalra Pagarani who is all set to represent India...

Fire at Balaji Studio Killick Nixon Studios in Mumbai...

Fire at Balaji Studio Killick Nixon Studios in Mumbai...

Sikh religious warriors, display their horse-riding skills at an event organized to celebrate...

Sikh religious warriors, display their horse-riding skills at an event organized to celebrate...

Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha with his family during Amitabh Bachchan's Diwali party in Mumbai..

Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha with his family during Amitabh Bachchan's Diwali party in Mumbai..

Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali with Abhishek Bachchan during Bachchans' Diwali party...

Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali with Abhishek Bachchan during Bachchans' Diwali party...

Narendra Modi clicks photographs during the Diwali Mangal Milan programme at BJP headquarters...

Narendra Modi clicks photographs during the Diwali Mangal Milan programme at BJP headquarters...

Nitin Gadkari leaves after meeting RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at RSS headquarters in Nagpur...

Nitin Gadkari leaves after meeting RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at RSS headquarters in Nagpur...

Brother & Sister take holy dip in river Yamuna on the occasion of Bhai Dooj...

Brother & Sister take holy dip in river Yamuna on the occasion of Bhai Dooj...

Dhoni talks to Hockey India player Ashunta Lakra during launch of hockey team in Ranchi...

Dhoni talks to Hockey India player Ashunta Lakra during launch of hockey team in Ranchi...

Brother of Thailand's Prime Minister Payap Shinawatra takes part in Robe...

Brother of Thailand's Prime Minister Payap Shinawatra takes part in Robe...

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