The state counsel on Monday demanded the death penalty for all 49 convicts in the August 21 grenade attack case, including BNP Senior Vice-Chairperson Tarique Rahman and former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar.
Syed Rezaur Rahman, chief state counsel in the case, asked for the sentence after submitting his arguments at a temporary court set up in a building near the former Dhaka Central Jail gate on Nazimuddin Road.
Justice Shahed Nuruddin of the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 has been presiding over the case.
Earlier, the state counsel submitted arguments after observing testimonies from 245 witnesses on December 27. Arguments from the defence and legal arguments from the state counsel were to be placed before the court on Monday, January 1.
However, hearing of the case was adjourned till Tuesday, January 2, after a time petition from the defendants was granted.
Public prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajal confirmed the information.
Two cases were filed over the deadly grenade attack on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka, on August 21, 2004. Of 52 accused, 23 are behind bars, including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, and BNP leader Abdus Salam Pintu.
Former IGPs Ashraful Huda, Sahudul Haq and Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, Lt Commander (retd) Saiful Islam Duke, former investigation officers Special Superintendant Ruhul Amin and Senior ASP Munshi Atikur Rahman, and ASP Abdur Rashid are among 8 who are out on bail.
Meanwhile, 18 are still absconding, including BNP Senior Vice-Chairperson Tarique Rahman, BNP leader Harish Chaudhary, former member of parliament Kazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad, Major General (retd) ATM Amin, and Lietenant Colonel (retd) Saiful Islam Joarder.
In addition, three other accused- Jamaat leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Mufti Hannan and his associate Sharif Saidul Alam Bipul – have already been executed for their convictions in a war crime and grenade attack case respectively.
The grisly attack on the Awami League rally left 24 people, including Ivy Rahman, wife of late President Zillur Rahman, dead and more than 300 others injured.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, then the opposition leader, survived the attack with a serious hearing impairment.
This story was first published on Bangla Tribune