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Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Threat on Hasina’s life

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka Central Jail authorities have been asked to explain in person by March 6 their failure to produce two condemned prisoners— Farooq Rahman and Bazlul Huda — in court for the hearing of a case of attempt to murder Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in 1989. Judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Israil Hossain, issued the order.

He also asked the authorities to produce the two in the next hearing on March 6.

Hearing of the framing of charges against the accused was also earlier scheduled for February 25 but could not be held as the jail authorities failed to produce Huda and Farooq on security grounds.

The Criminal Investigation Department had indicted 16 persons, including the two, for a bomb attack in an attempt to murder Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence on the night of August 19, 1989.

Some of the accused have already been tried and condemned to death for the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Of the 16 accused — all belonging to the Freedom Party — five have remained fugitive, four are on bail and one has died. According to the prosecution, a group of young men on the night of August 19 blasted bombs and fired gunshots in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi.

The attackers fled when the police guarding the house opened fire on them. Some of the attackers were arrested. They admitted that the attack was made in an attempt to murder Sheikh Hasina. The attack was planned at a meeting of the Freedom Party, which was attended by Colonel (rtd) Farooq, Major (rtd) Bazlul Huda and Colonel (rtd) Rashid.

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