Dhaka – A Dhaka court on Tuesday fixed October 10 to deliver verdict in the trial of deadly grenade attack on an anti-terrorism rally in Bangladeshi capital 14 years ago, officials said.
At least 24 leaders and activities of the then opposition party were killed and many others injured after the attack was carried out on the rally organized by the Awami League in front of its headquarters in Dhaka on August 21, 2004.
The then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, now Prime Minister, narrowly escaped the attack.
Prosecution lawyer Syed Rezaur Rahman told reporters that the court fixed the date for delivering verdict in the grisly attack case on October 10 as the argument by the defence lawyers completed Tuesday.
The court also ordered taking eight accused of the cases, who were on bail, to take into custody, he said.
A total of 53 accused were indicted in two cases related to the attacks. Of them, three were hanged in other cases and their names were, therefore, dropped off. Of the 49 accused, 23 are in jail. Among them are former BNP ministers Lutfozzaman Babar and Abdus Salam Pintu.
Former inspector general of police and seven others were on bail while BNP vice chairman Tarique Rahman and 17 others are on the run.
The prosecution lawyers sought highest punishment to the offenders who were involved with attack. “We hope we will get justice,” said Rezaur Rahman adding that the target of the attack was to eliminate the entire leadership of the Awami League.
The trial of the case began in 2012 after two cases – one over the murders and the other under Explosive Substances Act, were filed with Motijheel police station.