Mirza Fakrul and 34 other accused appeared before the court
A Dhaka court has deferred the indictment hearing in a case filed against BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 50 others on charge of use of explosives during a demonstration in Dhaka six years ago.
On Sunday, Dhaka’s Fifth Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Fatema Ferdous set November 21 for hearing in the case filed with Paltan police.
The court deferred the date in response to an appeal by the defence lawyers.
They argued that three of the accused in the case, including BNP leaders Shafiul Bari Babu and Tanvir Adil Babu, died and their death certificates had not reached the court.
Earlier in the morning, Mirza Fakrul and 34 other accused appeared before the court.
Paltan police filed the case against Fakhrul and 49 other BNP leaders and activists on January 6, 2015 – a day after the party activists attacked Traffic Sergeant Tonumoy Sikder in Fakirapool area, leaving him injured. They also exploded crude bombs and set fire to his motorbike.
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Mirza Fakhrul, a former state minister, on January 6 immediately after he stepped out of the National Press Club after an overnight stay.
DB Sub-Inspector Dewan Ujjal Hossain police submitted two charge sheets against 59 accused on October 3, 2017 on charges of use of explosives and attempted murder.
BNP claims 35 lakh leaders and activists of the party are facing false cases while 500 others have disappeared.
The party recently held a series of meeting with its policymakers and senior leaders to drum up support for an anti-government movement demanding an impartial Election Commission to oversee the next general elections slated for early 2023.