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Ramna bombing murder case: Hearing on death references, appeals adjourned till October 24

  • Published at 08:24 pm June 24th, 2021
Ramna Batamul bomb attack
File photo of the moment after the explosion at Ramna Batamul on April 14, 2001Courtesy

The Ramna bomb attack, conducted during Chhayanaut program marking the Bangla New Year on April 14, 2001, killed 10 people and injured 50 more

The High Court on Thursday adjourned till October 24 the hearing on death references and jail appeals of the convicts in the murder case filed over the Ramna Batamul bomb blast.

The virtual bench of Justice Krishna Debnath and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin passed the order, allowing a plea from the state.

The Ramna bomb attack, which was conducted during a cultural program organized by Chhayanaut to mark the Bangla New Year on April 14, 2001, left 10 people dead and 50 more injured.

Two cases were filed with Ramna police station over the attack- a murder case under the Penal Code and a case under the Explosive Substances Act.

The CID investigated the cases and pressed charges in both cases against 14 militants, including Mufti Hannan, on November 30, 2008. 

Thirteen years after the attack, a Dhaka court on June 23, 2014, sentenced eight militants, including Mufti Hannan, to death and six others to life imprisonment in the murder case.

A total of 61 witnesses were examined in the case.

The seven others are Arif Hasan Sumon, Maulana Akbar Hossain, Maulana Tajuddin, Hafez Jahangir Alam Badal, Maulana Abu Bakar, Mufti Shafikur Rahman and Mufti Abdul Hai. Of them, Sumon, Jewel, Abu Taher, Rauf and Akbar are behind bars while two others are still on the run. 

The six jailed militants are Shahadat Ullah Jewel, Hafez Maulana Abu Taher, Maulana Abdur Rauf, Maulana Sabbir Hossain, Maulana Yahiya and Maulana Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid. 

Eight convicts filed separate appeals with the High Court challenging the trial court verdict. The hearing was set to begin on January 17, 2017, but it was dropped from the cause-list due to a reconstitution of the bench.