4 accused under custody, denied bail
Four in custody, were denied bail on Sunday as the prosecution completed its closing argument in the case filed for the massacre of 24 people who attended Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's rally in the Chittagong city in 1988.
Police opened fire on a procession led by Hasina nearby the Laldighi Maidan in January 24, 1988, during the rule of military dictator HM Ershad, after which the case was filed in 1992.
The four accused who were denied bail, are: Mostafizur Rahman, Pradip Barua, Shah Md Abdullah, and Mamtaj Uddin.
Acting Judge of Divisional Special Court, Ismail Hossain, fixed Monday for the defense lawyers to place their arguments, confirmed Public Prosecutor Mesbah Uddin Chowdhury.
He said: “The court will deliver its verdict on the completion of placing arguments from the prosecution and the defence. The court may deliver the verdict before January 24.”
As many as 53 witnesses have testified in court for the case.
According to case documents, police opened fire on the motorcade when the then Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was on a truck and heading towards Laldighi Maidan to address a rally that day on 1988.
On March 5, 1992, lawyer Md Shahidul Huda filed a case with a Chittagong court.
On May 14, 1998, the police submitted a charge sheet against 47 persons.
Later, the court directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seeking further investigation of the case.
On October 14, 1999, Abdul Kader Khan, Assistant Superintendent of Police (CID), submitted the supplementary charge sheet accusing seven people.
The accused are: the then CMP Commissioner Mirza Raqibul Huda, Police Inspector Gobinda Chandra Mondal, constables Abdus Salam, Mushfiqur Rahman, Pradip Barua, Bashir Uddin, Shah Md Abdullah, and Mamtaj Uddin.
Of them, Mirza Raqibul Huda, Bashir Uddin, and Abdus Salam have passed away and Gobinda Chandra Mondal is currently on the run.