The prosecution at the High Court has accused the BNP-Jamaat government of directly aiding the grenade attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004.
The HC prosecution brought the allegation on Monday during the hearing of August 21 grenade attack case.
As of yet, it has recorded 225 prosecution witnesses and 20 defense witnesses.
Chief prosecutor of the case Syed Rezaur Rahman said, “The government and administration directly aided, conspired, planned and provided overall support for the crime, resulting in huge number of casualties.”
Syed Rezaur Rahman came up with the accusation while placing closing arguments for fourth day.
The chief prosecutor also argued on the connection of different accused with the barbaric crime.
Pointing out the fact that executed HuJI chief Mufti Hannan and his associate Bipul had confessed their involvement with the attack after getting arrested in another case, Rezaur Rahaman said, “Still they were not shown arrested in this case at the primary stage.”
“They tried to hide the real criminals and divert the case to a wrong way by implicating innocent like Joj Miah,” he added.
Syed Rezaur Rahman named the people, who were in the administration at that time and accused of collecting grenades for the attack, aiding criminals to flee the scene, helping one of the chief orchestrators of the attack Mawlana Tazuddin to escape the country using fake name, and placed arguments on their crimes.
“Then deputy commissioner (DC) of police’s south zone Khan Sayeed Hasan didn’t take appropriate security measures on the place of occurrence. DC (east) Obaidur Rahman Khan too played same role. He didn’t bother to preserve the live grenades, which were used in the attack, after seizing those,” the chief prosecutor said.
He also placed arguments on the crimes of former state-minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu, Major General (retd) ATM Amin, Lt Colonel (sacked) Saiful Islam Joarder, Lt Commander (retd) Saiful Islam Duke, former IGP Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, former investigation officers Special Superintendant Ruhul Amin, Senior ASP Munshi Atikur Rahman and ASP Abdur Rashid.
The attack on August 21, 2004 killed twenty-four leaders and workers of Awami League and its associate bodies including Ivy Rahman, the then Mohila AL president and wife of late President Zillur Rahman and over 500 others suffered splinter injuries. Several of the injured became permanently crippled.
The attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League, aimed at killing the front ranking leaders including its President Sheikh Hasina to eliminate the party leaderships.
However, current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the front ranking leaders escaped the carnage narrowly.
According to the case documents, then sub-inspector Faruk Hossain of Motijheel Police Station filed the case on August 22, 2004.
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior ASP Fazlul Kabir on June 11, 2008, filed the charge sheet in the case against 22 people including chief of Bangladesh chapter of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) Mufti Abdul Hannan.
On August 3, 2009, Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 ordered further investigation, accepting a plea of the prosecution.
New investigation officer and superintendent of police of CID Abdul Kahar Akand on July 3, 2011, filed two separate charge sheets, one for murder and another under explosive substances act, against total 52, including BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.
“Of the total 52 accused, 18 are yet to be arrested, eight are on bail and the rest are behind the bars. Two prime accused former Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid has been hanged in crimes against humanity case, while Mufti Hannan and his associate Shahidul Alam Bipul have also been executed for 2004 grenade attack at Shah Jalal shrine in Sylhet and their names have been dropped from the case,” said advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, special public prosecutor.
Of the high profile accused in the case, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, former deputy minister for information Abdus Salam Pintu are in jail.
Former top officials of police Ashraful Huda, Shahudul Haque, Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, SP Ruhul Amin, ASP Atikur Rahman and Abdur Rashid are on bail in the case.
According to the intelligence sources, of the fugitives, Tarique Rahman is in London, Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad in the Middle East, Mohammad Hanif of Hanif Enterprise is in Kolkata, Major General (retd) ATM Amin in the USA, Lt Colonel (retd) Saiful Islam Joardar in Canada, Ratul Babu in India, Anisul Morsalin and Mohibul Mottakin are in Indian jail and Mawala Tazuddin is in South Africa.