Vol. 5 Num 1104 Mon. July 09, 2007  
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Attack on UK Envoy
Cases might be shifted to special tribunal

The government is taking initiatives to hold the trials of cases filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in a special tribunal for their quick disposal.

"Police will be asked to appeal to the authorities concerned seeking trial of the cases in a special tribunal for their quick disposal," a home ministry official told The Daily Star yesterday.

The decision was made at a meeting of the monitoring cell of the home ministry. Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs Abdul Karim chaired the meeting which was held at the ministry's conference room.

In a press briefing following the meeting, the home secretary said charge sheets of the murder case and the case filed under Explosive Substances Act, in connection with the grenade attack at Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) Shrine in Sylhet in 2004, have already been submitted to a court.

Banned militant outfit Harkatul Jihad al Islami chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, his brother Mofizur Rahman, and two other militants Delwar Hossain Ripon and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul are the charge-sheeted accused in both the cases.

Anwar Choudhury along with 70 others were hurt while three others killed in the grenade attack at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet after Juma prayers on May 21, 2004.

The monitoring cell meeting reviewed the progress of 10 sensational cases which were included in a list. The alleged murder case of Action Aid Country Director Nasreen Pervin Huq topped the list.

The meeting was told that the prime suspect of the case--Nasreen's driver Zakir Hossain--is now on bail. Besides, the investigator did not find any other links or conspiracies behind her death. The meeting was also told that her death was accidental, sources said.

The other cases the cell is monitoring are: the case filed in connection with inducing Rina Bala to commit suicide at Shyampur in the capital in May, 2005, killing an army officer's son Arifur Rahman Rusho at Dhanmondi in May this year, the killing of advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu at Tejgaon in May 2005, abduction and murder of sub-inspector Hasnine and chief assistant Kamrul Alam at Rajoir in Madaripur in April 2005, murder of city BNP leader Sagir Ahmed in June 2005, murder of Dhanmondi businessman Kamrul Alam in July 2005, killing of Abbas Ali at Kafrul in June 2005, killing of Mirpur businessman Kazi Shahidullah in August 2005 and murder of Kazi Suhin Nahar in Dhanmondi in August 2005.

Sources said the monitoring cell expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of progress in the investigation of Awami League leader advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu murder case.

The home secretary said a person suspected of carrying out the bomb blasts at the Udichi programme in Jessore on March 6, 1999, was arrested. The explosions at the cultural function left 10 people dead and over 100 injured.

He also said an accused of Jhalakathi Public Prosecutor Hyder Hossain killing case was arrested and his confessional statement was recorded. The secretary hoped that it would be possible to submit the charge sheet of the case soon.

When journalists asked about sending Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil and BNP leader Salahuddin Qader Chowdhury abroad for treatment, the home secretary said they are examining whether there are any legal obstacles to their going abroad for treatment.