6 militants get death penalty for Ashulia bank robbery

6 militants get death penalty for Ashulia bank robbery

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Dhaka – A Dhaka court on Tuesday condemned six members of banned Islamist outfits Ansarullah Bangla Team and Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death in a case over a robbery incident at a private bank at Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, that left eight people dead in April last year.
The condemned convicts are Burhan Uddin, Al-Amin, Mintu Prodhan, Jasimuddin, Mahfuzul Haque, and Palash alias Sohel Rana. Of them, Sohel Rana is now absconding. The court also fined the convicts Tk10,000 each.The court also sentenced Ukil Hasan to life term imprisonment and Abdul Baten and Sahajan Jamader to three years in jail–all the three militants.
Earlier on May 25, the court set the date after closing arguments of both the prosecution and defence.
On April 21 last year, the robbers shot eight people dead and injured at least 25 others in the Ashulia branch of Bangladesh Commerce Bank Ltd in broad daylight before leaving with looted Tk35 lakh. A mob captured and beat one of the robbers to death on the spot.
On December 6 last year, Dipak Kumar, investigation officer of the case and officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station, submitted charge sheet against all the 11 accused in the case.
The trial in the case started with framing charges against the 11 on January 21 this year.
A total of 64 prosecution witnesses out of 97 gave depositions before the court in the case.
According to the charge sheet, 13 people were involved in the robbery and the killings.
One of the 13 was killed by mob while the mastermind, Abdullah Al Baki, was later killed in a shootout with the law enforcers in the capital’s Gabtoli area.
The charge sheeted 11 are Burhan Uddin, Al-Amin, Babul Sarder, Mintu Pradhan, Jasimuddin, Abdul Baten, Mozammel Haque, Ukil Hasan, Mahfuzul Haque, Shajahan Jamadar and Palash alias Sohel Rana.
All of them are alleged members of banned Islamist outfits Ansarullah Bangla Team and Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
After examining all the records and witnesses, Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court Judge SM Kuddus Zaman handed down the verdict acquitting two of the 11 accused.

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