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Dhaka Tribune

Verdicts yet to be executed after 8 years

Update : 07 Dec 2013, 06:17 PM

Though eight years have passed, the convicts of the Netrokona JMB bombing are yet to be executed.

On December 8, 2005, nine people were killed and over 50 were injured after suicide-bombers of Islamist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh plotted an attack.

Netrakona Udichi Shilpi Goshti has taken up various programmes including a protest procession and a meeting to observe the day.

Khwaza Haider, 38, joint secretary of Netrakona Udichi Shilpi Goshti, Rani Begum, 35, wife of a police sub-inspector and beggar Joinal, 55, lost their lives that day.

Moreover, according to the victims’ families, no government officials have visited them and neither have they received any aid from the administration.

During a visit to the house of Shahanaz Begum, 31, wife of Khwaza Haider, the Dhaka Tribune found out that her family was yet to get any monetary assistance from the government.

She said, “No minister, not even the Netrakona deputy commissioner visited my house or came to our aid. We have become simply helpless after Haider's death as he was the only earning member of the family,” she added.

Shahanaz, mother of two– Shiplu, 16, and Shaon, 8 – maintains a family of four including her elderly mother-in-law.

In reply to a question, she said, “I do not feel like seeking any help from the government because of its failure to punish the culprits involved.”

Udichi leader Sudipta Paul Shelly, another dead of the attack, was also the lone earning member of her family. After her death, Shelly’s elderly parents Sushil Paul, 69, and Aruna Paul, 59, along with her ailing brother have also become helpless. Aruna Paul is suffering from a serious disease but is unable to buy medicine because of monetary problems. They too claimed that they did not receive any help from the government.

On 17 February, 2008, Dhaka’s Speedy Tribunal Court 2 sentenced three JMB bombers, Salah Uddin, Ashaduzzaman and Yunus, to death for their involvement in the Netrakona blast but the verdicts are yet to be executed.

On the issue, Golam Mohammad Khan Pathan Bimol, public prosecutor of Netrakona Judge Court, said police have yet to arrest one of the bombers, Yunus.

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