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Verdict in BDR carnage case today

BDRDhaka, 05 November, Abnews : A special court here is set to deliver the verdict today on the much talked about the 2009 BDR carnage, the country’s largest ever killing case in Peelkhana four and a half years ago. Seventy-four people including 57 army officers were killed in the bloody mutiny at Bangladesh Rifles (now Border Guard Bangladesh) headquarters on February 25-26 in 2009.

On October 30, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka set the date for the judgment after completing the arguments from both the prosecution and defence. The court is going to deliver the verdict after 56 months of the carnage. During the trial, the government set up a makeshift court on Aliya Madrasha ground in the old part of the city recorded the testimony of the 654 out of 1345 prosecution witnesses.

As many as 850 people including BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, ward Awami League leader Torab Ali and BDR Deputy Assistant Director Mohammad Towhidul Islam were made accused in the case. Of the accused, 23 are civilians, while 20 of the accused are on the run and four have died. In the first charge- sheet, 824 people were made accused while 26 others were chargesheeted in the supplementary chargesheet.

The criminal case was initially filed with Lalbagh Police Station for murder, looting, arson, and sedition, which was subsequently transferred to New Market Police Station. During investigations, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested a total of 2,307 people in connection with the mutiny – 2,282 of them were taken on remand, and 543 gave confessional statements. On January 5, 2011, the court took into cognizance charges of the killing case and later framed charges against 850 accused.

Considering the number of accused and security of the court the government has built a special one-storey tin-shed building near the Dhaka Central Jail at Bakshi Bazar. Around 1,000 members of different law- enforcement and intelligence agencies are on duty there to ensure security.


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