25 pupils linked to torching army vehicle, police finds
Wednesday, 09 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The police on Monday submitted charge-sheets against 25 Dhaka University students for their alleged involvement in torching an army vehicle during the August 21 demonstrations at Shahbagh in the capital.

Investigation officer Ali Asghar Khan submitted the charge-sheet to the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court. The court is likely to pass order in the case.

With the latest one, the police so far framed charge-sheets in three cases out of total 11 filed in connection with the August campus protests.

Earlier, on September 9, 2007, the police pressed charges against 36 people, including four Dhaka University teachers, 27 students of the university and other institutions, in connection with the August 20–22 demonstrations violating the state of emergency.

Trail in those cases continues with recording depositions of the prosecution witnesses.

Of the 25 indicted students, seven are in are in custody. They are Dhaka University unit Chhatra Union president Manabendro Dev, Kazi Zahidul Islam Biplob, Deen Islam Angel, Rafiqul Islam Sujan, Liton Mahmud, Deen Islam, Asaduzzaman. The rest 18 are on the run.

The investigation officer sought warrant for their arrests. The charge sheet was made in accordance with the confessional statements of five of the seven detained students and depositions of 63 witnesses, claimed the IO. He told this correspondent that all of the charge-sheeted accused were regular students of the Dhaka University.
   The 18 students shown absconding are Rashedul Habib, Mohammad Ibrahim, KM Mahabub Alam Shymal, Enamul Haque, Golam Azam Khomeni, Khashed Ali, Chanchal Karmakar, ABM Shamsudduza Shazen, Siddiqui Nazmul Alam, Quamruzzaman, Sohel Rana Tipu, Abdul Karim alias Teheri Karim, Abdul Hasan, Arefuzzaaman, Delwar Hossain Dipu, Mizanur Rahman, Mohammad Rashedul, Mahmud Russel, and Sarwar Alam.

In the earlier two charge-sheets, four teachers and 15 students were charged under the Emergency Powers Rules.

The latest one, however, did not refer to the emergency rules. In the latest case, the 25 students were indicted for offences like rioting with deadly weapon, unlawful assembly, preventing public servant from duty, assaults on woman, arson, damage to property and attempt to murder under various sections of the penal code.

All charges but attempt to murder are bailable. Attempt to murder charge carries imprisonment for 10 years, while other charges are punishable by jail terms ranging from two to seven years.

Assistant sub-inspector Jamal Uddin lodged another case with the Shahbagh police on August 23 against six to seven unidentified demonstrators for putting an army vehicle on fire on August 21 at Shahbagh.

Students and law enforcers clashed for three days after some students had reportedly been manhandled by soldiers at the university playground.

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