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15 years of Gazipur Bar bomb attack: Victims remembered

  • Published at 08:15 pm November 29th, 2020
Participants observing the 15th anniversary of a bomb attack in Gazipur court takes part in a prayer for the victims on Sunday, November 29, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The district's deputy commissioner, lawyers, and other people of different walks of life were present

Various programs have been arranged to commemorate the victims of a horrific suicide bombing where eight people, excluding the attacker, died in the office of the Gazipur District Bar Association 15 years ago.

Every year on November 29, the Gazipur District Bar Association has been arranging programs to pay homage to the victims of the attack.

The programs included hoisting a black flag and the national flag, a mourning rally, placing of wreaths at the memorial of the deceased and praying for their salvation, among other activities , said Advocate Abdus Sobhan, president of Gazipur Bar.

The district's deputy commissioner, lawyers, and other people from different walks of life were present in the program on Sunday.

The lawyers who died in the attack were: Amzad Hossain, Anwarul Azim, Nurul Huda, Golam Faruk Abhi and Abdullah Al Mamun Makhon.

The other deceased were Abdur Rouf, Bashir, Shamsul Haque and Marjina Begum.

On November 29, 2005, suicide bomber Shariat Ullah alias Asadul Islam walked into the office on the ground floor of Hall Building-2 at the Gazipur court and detonated a bomb strapped to his body.

Fifty others were injured in the attack.

The bombing was apparently a part of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh's (JMB’s) attack on the judiciary.

Just two days after the bombing, an agriculture officer identified as Abul Kalam Sarker was killed in another suicide bomb attack that took place in front of the district deputy commissioner's office.

Gazipur Bar President Sobhan said three cases were initially filed in connection with the two incidents, and they were further developed into 21 cases over different matters.

The verdict of a number of the cases has been delivered and justice procedures of some of them are on the verge of coming to an end.

On July 28, 2016 the High Court finalized the death sentence of six JMB militants in connection with the terror attack.