BDR carnage verdict October 30

BDR carnage verdict October 30

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Dhaka’s Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court on Sunday fixed October 30 to pronounce the verdict of the killing case in connection with BDR carnage at Pilkhala in the capital on February 25-26, 2009.
After hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence, Judge Dr Md Akhteruzzaman of the Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court set the date in the special court set up at the Aliya Madrassa playground, next to Central Jail, in Old Dhaka.
Eight hundred forty seven people including BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, ward Awami League leader Torab Ali Akand and BDR Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) Mohammad Towhidul Islam are accused in the murder case filed over the killings at Peelkhana.
Of the accused, 23 are civilians and 20 are on the run. The court set up a makeshift court in the old part of the city and recorded the statements of 654 prosecution witnesses (PWs) out of 1,345 PWs.
A total of 74 people including 57 senior army officers were killed in the mutiny, at the border force’s headquarters, staged from Feb 25 to 26 of 2009.
The cases filed in connection with loot and murder are being tried under the regular laws of the country.
Lalbagh Police Station OC Nabajyoti Khisa filed the cases first with Lalbagh Police Station for murder, looting, arson and sedition, which was subsequently transferred to New Market Police Station.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested a total of 2,307 people in connection with the mutiny and 2,282 of them were placed on remand. Five hundred forty three of them made confessional statements admitting their involvement in the mutiny before the court under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On January 5, 2011, the court took into cognizance of the charges of the murder case and then charges were framed against 850 accused.
Besides, the trial of the other case filed under the Explosive Substances Act has been going on in the same court against 808 accused.
After the mutiny, the border forces, then known as BDR, was given a new name, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). – Court Correspondent

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