With the latest verdict delivered Thursday against Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) men in blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider murder case, a total of 183 cases relating to militancy have been deposed of with sentencing deaths to 69 militants, life terms to 162 and different jail terms to 239 others while 364 more cases are now under trial, police headquarters sources said.
"Activities of the militants have been brought almost under control as the top leaders of the different militant organisations have already been captured and many of them have been sentenced in different cases," Joint Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Monirul Islam told BSS.
"Still, they are trying to regroup under the banner of different organisations, but they have no strength to carry out subversive acts as the law enforcers have been put on high alter against militancy," he also said.
Fifty six, 11 and two members of the banned militant outfits Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkutul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (HuJIB), and ABT were awarded death sentences respectively.
JMB chief Maulana Shaikh Abdur Rahman, HuJIB operational chief Maulana Abdul Hannan were among the death sentence awardees.
Some 145 cases against JMB men have so far been disposed of, 183 cases are under trial while trial in four cases have been completed and 28 cases under trial, 33 cases were disposed of against operatives of another banned militant outfit Hizbut Tahrir and 124 cases were under trial.
Trial in 2 cases against militant outfit Hizbullah, 8 cases against Allahar Dal, and 4 cases against Hizut Tahrir Ulaya Bangladesh, are now under trial.
A total of 2,856 operatives of different militant outfits have so far been arrested while the number of the fugitives is 660.
Of the arrestees, 1793 militants are from JMB, 208 from HuJIB, 693 from Hizbut Tahrir, 23 from Hizbullah, 80 from Allahar Dal, eight from Hizbut Tawhid, 28 from Hizbut Tawhir Ulaiyah Bangladesh, 14 from Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, and 10 from Shaheed Hamza Brigade.
The organisational activities of the JMB suffered a setback following the arrest of its chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman, his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny, think-tank Abdul Awal, Khaled Saifullah and Salahuddin and execution of their death sentences on March 30 in 2007 in the case of killings of two judges in Jhalokathi district.
HuJIB has been going through a critical time as most of the top leaders of the outfit including Mufti Abdul Hannan are now behind the bars.
Of the 591 militant cases, the JMB is facing most of the cases while Hizbut Tahrir facing the second largest cases.
"In a single incident of cross-country bombings on August 17 in 2005, a total of 161 cases were lodged accusing 660 members of the JMB. Of them, 103 cases have already been disposed of while 58 cases are under trial," Media Wing Director of RAB Commander Mufti Mahmud told BSS earlier.
Courts awarded death sentences to 15 JMB men, life term to 118, different other terms to 116 others and acquitted 118 others of the charges, sources said.
In the latest verdict on August 10 last, a Dhaka court sentenced 17 JMB men to 10 years imprisonment in an explosive case in connection with exploding bombs at nine spots of Gazipur district.