Tarique, Babar patronized Aug 21 grenade attack: WitnessNew Age Online
A prosecution witness told a special court trying August 21 grenade attack cases on Tuesday that Tarique Rahman and Lutfozzaman Babar had secured administrative protection and security to the attackers so that they could carry out attack on Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital without any hesitation.
Tarique Rahman is the elder son of Khaleda Zia, the erstwhile Prime Minister of Bangladesh while Lutfozzaman Babar was state minister for home affairs.
They had held meeting at Hawa Bhaban in this regards, said the 72th witness, Atikur Rahman, a retired Major.
The speedy trial tribunal judge, Shahed Nuruddin, in the makeshift courtroom set up at the front yards of the Dhaka central jail, recorded the deposition.
The court adjourned till August 26.
In his deposition, Atikur Rahman said he had been deputed at the intelligence wing in Rapid Action Battalion headquarters between 2004 and 2009.
Mufti Abdul Hannan and his brother Avi were arrested on October 1, 2005, he said, adding, Babar was not happy over the arrest. The suspects were interrogated along with other detained persons in this connection, he said.
The then RAB intelligence wing director, Colonel Gulzar Uddin Ahmed, had informed the witness that Tarique Rahman and Lutfozzaman Babar had ensured the administrative assistance and security to the attackers, who showered grenades and fired bullets on the Awami League rally on 21 August, 2004.
He told the court that another accused Mawlana Tazuddin, also the brother of the then deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu, was a leader of Kashmir-based terrorist outfit Harkatul Mujahidin and a coordinator stationed in Bangladesh.
The tribunal was holding trial of the two cases — one filed relating to the murders and the other under the Explosive Substances Act — simultaneously in connection with the grenade attacks.
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