Terrorism Cases Against JMB Still Pending
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Although five years has passed since the banned outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh organised a series of bomb explosions throughout the country, many of the trials of those responsible have yet to be completed.

JMB carried out a series bomb attacks in 63 districts on Aug 17, 2005 between 11am to 11.30am.

Court premises were the main target of the attacks.

JMB is allegedly responsible for the deaths of at least 23 people, including two judges, in 500 bomb attacks around the country.

Sources from the Counter Intelligence Department of police (CID) said 154 cases were filed following the attack on Aug 17 and another 119 cases were filed for other bomb explosions from then till Nov 12, 2007. The CID had taken on the responsibilities of probing most of these 273 cases.

The CID has submitted charge sheet in the courts for most of the cases but due to lack of witnesses and evidence, the CID has only been able to submit four final reports.

While the trials of most of the cases have been completed, some cases are still ongoing.

Currently investigations into five cases are continuing, said CID officials. Eight hundred accused were detained for the bomb attack, including JMB key leaders Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai, Ataur Rahman Sani, Khaled Saifullah, Iftekhar Hasan Mamun, and Abdul Awal.

The six were hanged on Mar 29, 2007 for the murder of judges Shohel Ahmed Chowdhury and Jagannath Pare in Jhalokathi.

Following the rise of terrorism in the country, law enforcers tarted operations to arrest terrorists. JMB chief Maulana Saidur Rahman, 51, was arrested last May with his three associates, from the capital's East Dania. Acting chief of JMB Bhagne Shahid was also detained with five others from Bogra on July 12.

Rapid Action Battalion and police have arrested 1500 activists of the banned outfit, after the explosions in 2005, in possession of a large quantity of firearms and explosives. The law enforcers have claimed that the JMB's activities have weakened due to the arrests.

RAB director general Hasan Mahmud Khandaker told bdnews24.com that RAB has always been active to deter terrorism.

"JMB is unable to carry out any operations as their activities are under observation," he said.

Source: bdnew24.com

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