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Joj Mia serves legal notice seeking 10C in damages

He was wrongfully imprisoned over the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally

Update : 11 Aug 2022, 03:55 PM

Joj Mia, a scapegoat who was termed as the mastermind of the August 21 attack on an Awami League rally in 2004, has sought Tk10 crore in damages for serving jail term despite being innocent. 

The notice was served to eight people including the home secretary on Thursday. 

Barrister Mohammad Humayun Kabir and Mohammad Kawser sent the notice on his behalf. 

In the notice, Joj Mia said that the assets of everyone involved over his wrongful imprisonment including that of former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, former IGP Khudabaksh Chowdhury, former ASPs Abdur Rashid and Munshi Atiqur Rahman and former SP Ruhul Amin should be seized. 

The home secretary, Inspector General of Police, Dhaka deputy commissioner, and the officers-in-charge of Motijheel and Senbug police have been asked to take steps within 15 days. 

If steps are not taken, a writ will be filed with the High Court seeking compensation, the notice said. 

On August 21, 2004, during the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islam regime a grenade attack on an Awami League rally killed 24 people and injured 300 others. 

The then leader of opposition Sheikh Hasina was the leading speaker at the rally and investigations later revealed that she was the prime target.

She was stepping off the truck, which was being used as a dais when the assailants hurled the grenades into the rally and she narrowly escaped.

Low-profile criminal Joj Mia confessed before a magistrate on June 26, 2005 alleging an underworld gang, Seven-Star Group, led by Subrata Bain Shuvro, carried out the grenade attack.

Joj Mia admitted to CID officials that he was one of the attackers and told the magistrate that the 14-member group had met at Robin’s house in Moghbazar several days before the attack.

On instructions from Lutfozzaman Babar, then the minister of home affairs, the CID officials cooked up the Joj Mia story to derail the investigation into a different path.

Further investigations revealed that the attack was not a task of Joj Mia and the Seven Star Group, but rather an outcome of collaboration between militant group Huji, influential leaders of the then ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islam, along with a band of senior officials in the government machinery, including the home ministry, police, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), National Security Intelligence (NSI) and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

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