5th Extension for Police Investigating Aug 21 Attack
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

A Dhaka court has for the fifth time, given the police additional time to complete its investigation into the use of explosives in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack .

Judge Ismail Hossain of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges court gave the police a two-month extension on Tuesday, following a petition, submitted by Abdul Kahar Akand, special superintendent of police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigation officer (IO) in the case.

The next date for the submission of the investigation report has been fixed on Oct 3.

Shah Alam Talukder, additional public prosecutor of the court, told bdnews24.com that this is the fifth time that the probe submission deadline has been extended.

Two cases have been filed in connection with the grenade attack - one relating to the deaths and the other for the use of explosives.

On Mar 4 the CID had received a three-month extension in the case relating to the use of explosives.

Previously, on October 14 last year the case was transferred to the metropolitan sessions judge's court where the CID was given its third extension.

The case filed relating to the killings is now pending with a differnt court - the second additional metropolitan sessions judge's court of Fazila Begum.

At least 24 people, including Awami League leader Ivy Rahman, wife of president Zillur Rahman, lost their lives in the attack on an Awami League rally, held at Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on Aug 21, 2004.

Scores of people sustained injuries, including prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who was the then opposition leader.

Investigators during the previous BNP administration were accused of attempting to derail the case by different means, including recording of false statements from witnesses.

After the end of the BNP tenure, new investigators, appointed during the regime of the subsequent interim government, pressed charges against 22 people on June 11 last year.

BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh leader Mufti Hannan were among the accused. Former BNP state minister for home, Lutfozzaman Babar, now in jail, was also recently shown arrested in connection with the grenade attack.

Source: bdnews24.com

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