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5 give deposition in Humayun Azad murder case

Update : 25 Apr 2013, 04:40 AM

A Dhaka court today recorded the deposition of poet Rafique Azad and five others in the murder case of Prof Humayun Azad.

The other five who also gave their depositions at the Dhaka metropolitan court to sessions judge AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan were: Habibullah Siraji, Azad’s son Ananno Azad, Azad’s brother Md Sazzad Kabir, photojournalist Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed Pavel, and rickshaw puller Saifur Rahman.

The prosecution has so far produced 13 witnesses for cross-examination, including these six.

Prominent writer and Dhaka University Professor Azad’s body was recovered from an apartment in Munich, Germany, on August 12, 2004.

The charge sheet of the murder case stated that the terrorist attack on Azad six months earlier near Bangla Academy on the Dhaka University campus ultimately caused his death.

It charged five leaders of the outlawed Islamist militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the attack on Prof Azad. Four of them are currently in police custody.

On the evening of February 27, 2004, Prof Azad was returning home on foot from the Ekushey Book Fair when he was stabbed by a group of terrorists on the footpath opposite to the Bangla Academy premises and adjacent to the Suhrawardy Uddyan. 

Prof Azad had somewhat recovered from the trauma of that attack and was living in Munich, where he was eventually discovered dead on August 12, 2004.

Mohammad Lutfor Rahman, the inspector of the criminal investigation department of police, submitted two charge sheets to a Dhaka court claiming that the terrorist attack had ultimately caused his death.

On September 10, 2012, more than eight years after the attack and death, charges were framed against five JMB men including: Mohammad Mizanur Rahman Minhaz (aliases: Shafique, Shaon, Hamayim, Hashim), Anwarul Alam (alias Bhagne Shahid), Nur Mohammad Shamim (alias: J M Mobin), Salehin (aliases: Salahuddin, Sajib, Tawhid), and Hafez Mahmud (aliases: Rakib, Rasel).

Among the accused, Nur Mohammad is on the run.  



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