The complied photos taken on April 1, 2001 show panic-stricken men, women and children running for cover (top) after the huge explosion at the Ramna Batamul during Bangla New Year celebrations that left nine killed and at least 50 others injured. After the gory incident, while law enforcement and intelligence agencies collected remainder of the bomb and other clues to the explosion (left), an army team had to diffuse another bomb near the Baishakhi gate.
A Dhaka court has set June 16 for delivering verdict in the Ramna Batamul carnage case.
Judge Ruhul Amin of the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court fixed the date today after conclusion of arguments from the defence.
The prosecution, completing its arguments on May 18, demanded capital punishment for the accused.
Ten people were killed and 50 injured during bomb blasts during the traditional celebrations of Bangla New Year 1408 (April 1, 2001) at the Ramna Batamul, the centre point of the celebration.
Two cases were filed in this regard.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pressed charges in both the cases against 14 top leaders of the banned militant outfit on December 30, 2008.
Earlier the court recorded statements of 61 prosecution witnesses including the complainant of the case.
Nine of the accused, including Huji chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, now in custody, were produced before the court on May 18. Five others, including Moulana Tajuddin, brother of BNP leader Abdus Salam Pintu, have been absconding.
Trial of the Ramna Batamul blast case began at a Dhaka court on November 6, 2013, eight years after the blasts.