The family of slain police official Rabiul Karim wants quick execution of the verdict in the Gulshan café attack case.
Rabiul, assistant commissioner of Detective Branch, was killed as militants hurled grenades at law enforcers and opened fire as soon as he and his colleagues reached the spot. Splinters hit him in the right chest.
The other slain official, Salauddin Khan, was the officer-in-charge of Banani Police Station. He had suffered splinter wounds in his throat.
“I am happy and I want quick execution of the verdict,” Umme Salma, wife of Rabiul said, in her reaction to the judgment yesterday.
She thanked the government as well as the police administration for their efforts to identify the militants involved in the attack.
Rabiul’s mother Karimunnessa said her three-year wait for justice ended yesterday. “I know I will not get back my son, but we are all happy. Hopefully the verdict will be executed soon.”
Meanwhile, the United States said the trial of 2016 Holey Artisan attack represents a landmark case for Bangladesh.
The US embassy in Dhaka in a statement said the verdict gives some closure to the families of those who suffered from the brutal murders committed that day.
“The United States is honoured to have assisted the government of Bangladesh throughout the investigation into the attack,” said the US embassy, adding the US would remain committed to continuing to support Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism.
It also renewed its deepest condolences to the loved ones of the civilians slain and Bangladeshi law enforcement officials who were killed or injured responding to the terrorist attack.
In his reaction, Jatiya Party Chairperson GM Quader expressed satisfaction over the verdict and said with this, people’s respect for law will increase.