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JMB activist executed for 2005 Netrokona Udichi bomb attack

  • Published at 12:11 pm July 16th, 2021
Asaduzzaman Ponir
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Eight people were killed in the bombing of Udichi Shilphi Goshti, a secular cultural group

An operative of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has been executed for the 2005 bomb attack in Netrokona, which left eight people killed.

Asaduzzaman Ponir alias Asad, 37, from Mymensingh, was hanged to death at 11pm on Thursday, said Senior Superintendent Gias Uddin of Gazipur’s Kashimpur Jail.

Asad’s body was handed over to his family members after the post-execution formalities.

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The attack on the offices of Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, a secular cultural group, in Netrakona district town on December 8, 2005, killed eight people. An alleged suicide bomber was among those who died.

Cases were filed over the attack under the Explosive Substances Act, before police made arrests.

In one of the cases, a speedy trial tribunal in Dhaka sentenced Asad and two others, Salauddin Sohel and Younus Ali to death on February 17, 2008.

Asad challenged his death sentence, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

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He filed for presidential clemency, which was turned down on June 23 this year.

Two other convicts in the case, JMB leader Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai and Ataur Rahman Sunny, the younger brother of JMB founder Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were executed in another case in 2007.

The speedy tribunal had also sentenced Asad to 20 years in jail in the case under the Explosive Substances Act over the Netrakona attach, and also to 10 and 20 years in prison in two other cases filed with the Kotwali police station.