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5 to walk gallows for Laldighi massacre

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
5 to walk gallows for Laldighi massacre
A convict breaks down in tears after a Chattogram court awards death sentence to him and four others for the gruesome killing of 24 people attending a rally of then Awami League chief and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Laldighi Maidan in the port city in 1988. Focus Bangla Photo

A court yesterday sentenced five people to death in a case over the gruesome killing of 24 people attending Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's rally in Chattogram back in 1988. The court, after long 32 years of the killing, also sentenced them the imprisonment of 10 years each in the case. In addition, each of the convicts was also fined Tk 50,000. Chattogram acting Special Judge Mohammad Ismail Hossain pronounced the verdict. The convicts are then Kotwali thana patrol inspector Gobinda Chandra Mondal, and then constables Mustafizur Rahman, Pradeep Barua, Mohammad Abdullah and Momtaz Uddin. According to the prosecution, Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, also the leader of the then alliance of 15 opposition parties was heading towards Laldighi Maidan in a procession to attend a scheduled rally against the misrule of military dictator Ershad.

Without any provocation, police opened fire on Sheikh Hasina's motorcade and the people following it. The Awami League president survived the attempt on her life but 24 people died in the attack. More than 300 others were also injured.

A case was filed on March 5, 1992 by lawyer Shahidul Huda with the Chattogram Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court against 46 people, including the then police commissioner Kazi Raqibul Huda.

UNB from Chattogram adds: Police submitted charge sheet against eight policemen on November 3, 1998. Among them three already passed away.

A total of 53 eye-witnesses including AL presidium member and former minister Engineer Mosharrof Hossain MP, deposited their statements before the court of

Chattogram Divisional Special Judge.

The first charge-sheet in the case was submitted on December 12, 1997, the second supplementary charge sheet was also submitted on December 3, 1998 accusing eight police personnel while the charges were framed against eight cops on 9 May in 2000.

Among the convicts, JC Mandal, who is the former Patrol Inspector of Chattogram Kotwali area, remained fugitive.

The court also acquitted three persons of the charges.

Public Prosecutor (PP) of the Divisional Special Court Advocate Mejbah Uddin expressed satisfaction over the verdict.

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