Dhaka, Bangladesh
Another policeman testifies

Ramna Batamul explosive case

Another policeman testifies

Another policeman testified in the case filed under Explosive Substances Act over 2001 Ramna Batamul blast incident, where 10 people were killed. Sub-inspector Anwar Hossain, who verified the names and addresses of the accused in the case, testified as prosecution witness number 31 on Tuesday, reports BSS. Earlier on May 20, Motiyar Rahman and Fazlul Haque submitted their depositions before Judge Abu Jafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 and was later cross examined by the defence. Ten people were killed as several bombs were blasted in the Barshabaran programme (traditional programme to welcome the first day of Bengali New Year) on April 14, 2001. Then sub-inspector Kabir Hossain of Ramna Police Station filed the case over the incident. CID on November 29, 2008, filed two supplementary charge sheets in two cases, one for murder and another under explosive substances act, against 14 people including banned militant outfit Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan. Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 framed charges against 14 including Mufti Hannan in the case lodged under explosive substance act over Ramna Batamul carnage on September 14, 2014. Dhaka 2nd additional metropolitan sessions' judge court on June 23, 2014, sentenced eight people including Mufti Hannan to death and six others to life imprisonment in the murder case lodged over the incident. The other death-row-convicts are Mawlana Akbar Hossain, Mufti Abdul Hai, Hafez Jahangir Alam Badar, Mawlana Abu Bakar, Mufti Shafikur Rahman, Mawalana Tazuddin and Arif Hasan. Apart from these, Hafez Mawlana Abu Taher, Mawlana Sabbir, Hafez Yahia, Mawlana Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid, Mawlana Abdur Rouf and Mawlana Shahadat Ullah Jewel were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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