Criminals hacked Prof Azad with sharp weapons while he was on way to home from Amar Ekushey Book Fair, on February 27, 2004
A Dhaka court on Sunday fixed January 31 for the defence to place the rest of arguments in the case filed over the murder of Dhaka University teacher and writer Prof Humayun Azad in 2004.
Judge Maksuda Parveen of the Dhaka 2nd Additional Metropolitan Session Judge Court in Dhaka adjourned the argument hearing for the third day and ordered to place rest of the arguments on January 31.
Defence counsel Faruk Ahamed placed the argument before the court in favour of the accused in the case, but his argument was not completed on the day.
Earlier Saiful Islam Helal, the prosecutor of the case, sought the highest punishment after concluding the prosecution argument before the court, on behalf of the state.
A total of 41 out of 58 prosecutor’s witnesses, including the professor’s daughter, Mauli Azad, and son, Annaya Azad, gave depositions in the case.
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Dr Azad sustained severe injuries when criminals hacked him with sharp weapons while he was on way to his house from Bangla Academy premises in the city, the venue of Amar Ekushey Book Fair, on February 27, 2004, according to the case document.
After undergoing a series of treatments at home and abroad, the DU teacher died of cardiac arrest in Munich, Germany, on August 12 of the same year.
Soon after the murder attempt, a case was filed with Ramna police station accusing some unidentified people. Ultimately, the case was turned into a murder case on April 30, 2012.
Three years after the incident, CID inspector Kazi Abdul Malek submitted a charge-sheet accusing five people on November 14, 2007.
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On October 20, 2009, a Dhaka court ordered further investigation into the case following a petition filed by Prof Azad’s brother Manzur Kabir.
After a reinvestigation, CID submitted a fresh charge-sheet accusing five JMB leaders and appealed to the court to turn the case into a murder case on April 30, 2012.
On September 10, 2012, the court indicted JMB leaders Mizanur Rahman alias Minhaz, Anwar Alam alias Anwar Hossain, Nur Mohammad Babu alias Sabu, Salauddin alias Salehin and Hafiz Mahmud in the case. Of them, Salehin and Sabu are on the run while others are in jail.
Two accused—-Minhaz and Anwar Alam—-gave confessional statements before magistrates admitting their involvement in the incident under Section 164 of code of criminal procedure (CrPC).