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Fakhrul gets bail in Jatrabari violence case

Update : 05 May 2014, 07:12 PM

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case involving vandalism, arson and obstruction of police work.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Waezkarani Khan Chowdhury passed the order of Tk10,000 bond after Mirza Fakhrul surrendered before the court and requested for bail through his lawyer.

The BNP leader has also obtained bail in other cases pending against him.

Fakhrul is accused of inciting party activists to vandalise and set fire to vehicles and prevent police from performing their duty at South Kutub Bagh in the capital’s Jatrabari area on December 9, 2012 during a countrywide blockade enforced by the then BNP-led opposition alliance.

Later that day, Prodip Kumar Ray, sub-inspector (SI) of Jatrabari police, filed a case naming 17 suspects, but Fakhrul’s name was not among them. About 50 other unidentified people were also accused in the case.

However, on February 28 this year, the investigating officer, SI Abdullah Biswas of Jatrabari police, submitted a chargesheet before court, accusing 69 people, including Mirza Fakhrul, former MP Salahuddin Ahmed and Dhaka city BNP joint convener Nabiullah Nabi.

According to the chargesheet, Mirza Fakhrul has allegedly provoked violence by making a fiery speech ahead of the protest programme.

The court later issued an arrest warrant against him.

All the 69 accused in the case are now free on bail.

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