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Charge framing in a case against BNP leader and former minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu and 21 others for allegedly abetting violence by Islamist militants and outlaws in 2004 was deferred yesterday till August 28.

The court of District and Sessions Judge Abdus Samad re-fixed the date as defense lawyers argued that a writ challenging the system of trying cases under the Emergency Power rules is pending with the High Court and its hearing would be held today.

Earlier, the court fixed August 19 for charge framing after Sub Inspector Zahangir Alam of Natore Sadar police station submitted charge sheet in the case against 33 people on June 5.

Selim Reja, a torture victim at Ramsa Kazipur (Dulu's native village) in Natore lodged the case against 22 people on April 8.

The accused include Abdul Kuddus Mondol, identified by the investigation officer as a donor to Dulu.

Dulu's alleged cadres ward commissioner Sadrul Islam Dambel, Dalim, Dollar, Lion, Saiful, Tutul, Dablew, Minu, Malek, Babu, Golap, Dewan Shahin, Babul Chowdhury, Mostafizur Rahman Shahin, Sohel and alleged militants Abdur Razzak Shah, Amzad, Kawsar, Hazrat Ali, Makbul Mastar and Ataur Rahman were also accused in the case.

The plaintiff said Dulu's nephew Sabbir Ahmed Gama was killed on February 7 in 2004. To retaliate, Dulu let loose JMB militants and his cadres to torture and harass his political opponents in the area, the plaintiff alleged in the case.

He alleged armed cadres of Dulu kidnapped Selim from Old Bus Stand in Natore town on April 16 last year, took him to a field behind the PDB office and tortured him there .

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