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Grenade attack verdict: CTTC chief warns of tough action against anarchy

  • Published at 02:44 pm September 22nd, 2018
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File photo of CTTC chief Monirul Islam Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

He made the comment while talking to reporters at a program in Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) auditorium on Saturday

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam has warned that law enforcement agencies will take tough action if any attempt is made to create anarchy centering the verdict in the grenade attack case, which is set to be delivered on October 10.

He made the comment while talking to reporters at a program in the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) auditorium on Saturday.

Terming cyber crimes a threat to the upcoming national polls, Monirul said the Digital Security Act will be helpful in preventing such crimes.

He added that there is no intelligence report indicating any plan of acts of sabotage ahead of Durga Puja.

The CTTC chief, however, pointed out that the law enforcement agencies are vigilant considering the global perspective and recent incidents.

A total of 24 people, includingthe Mohila Awami League president Ivy Rahman, were killed, and more than 300 others were injured, when militants launched the explosive attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka on August 21, 2004.

The then opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina, survived the attack but still suffers from a serious hearing impairment.

Two cases - one filed for murder and the other under the Explosive Substances Act – were filed following the attack. The trials in these cases are currently being held by the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 1, which was set up at a building near the gate of old Dhaka Central Jail.

On June 11, 2008, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pressed charges against 22 people, including militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islami leader Mufti Hannan, and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu.

After the Awami League came to power, the prosecution successfully filed a petition with the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 in June 2009 for further investigation to identify the grenade suppliers and financiers of the attack.

In March 2011, the tribunal started trying 52 people accused in the two cases filed with the Motijheel police station.

In the charge sheet, investigators claimed the militant group Huji and a group of influential BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders had collaborated with a section of senior officials of the Home Ministry, police, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), National Security Intelligence (NSI) and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).