A Dhaka court has framed charges against 10 members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in a case filed over the bomb blasts at Old Dhaka’s Hussaini Dalan in 2015.
Dhaka's Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order on Wednesday and fixed June 15 to start deposition of prosecution witnesses.
The case has also been transferred to the Eighth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court for quick trial.
Five of the accused gave confessional statements before magistrates. Three accused were killed in alleged gunfights with the police.
The 10 accused are Kabir Hossain alias Rashed, Masud Rana, Abu Sayeed Solaiman alias Salman, Shahjalal, Omar Faruk, Hafiz Ahsanullah Mahmud, Chan Miah, Rubel Islam alias Sajib, Arman and Jahid Hasan alias Rana.
Charges in the case were pressed in April last year, but the indictment hearing was delayed as the government took time to approve the charge sheet filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act 2009. After the government's green signal, the IO pressed charges again on October 18 last year.
On October 23, 2015, two people, including a school boy named Sanju, 15, were killed and over 100 others injured when the accused carried out grenade attacks on Hussaini Dalan premises targeting the Muslims gathered for the traditional Tazia procession marking the Ashura.
Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the detectives, a new faction of JMB has expressed allegiance to the IS and taken credit for 29 attacks since September 2015.
Three leaders of the group were killed in two separate gunfights with the law enforcers in December 2015 and January 2016. Police claimed that the trio had been involved in the Hussaini Dalan attack. They are Al-Bani alias Hozza Bhai alias Member Bhai alias Shahadat alias Mahfuz, Abdullah Al Noman alias Abdullah and Kamal alias Hiron.
IS supporters later killed the muezzin of a Shia mosque in Bogra in a gun attack and slaughtered a Shia preacher in Jhenaidah. They also attacked Ahmadiyya mosques, killed non-Muslim preachers, law enforcers and foreigners.