Charges framed against BNP leader Aman, 39 other party men
A Dhaka tribunal today framed charges against 40 BNP leaders and activists, including its vice-chairman Amanullah Aman in a case filed with Rampura Police Station under the Special Powers Act and Explosive Substances Act.
Aman and 34 others, now on bail, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after Judge Fatema Ferdous of the Special Tribunal-6 of Dhaka read out the charges to them.
The tribunal discharged Shafiul Bari Babu from the charges as he died earlier.
The judge fixed October 29 for starting trial of the case.
The accused include BNP leaders Barkatullah Bulu, Habibunnabi Khan Sohel, Mir Sarafat Ali Safu, Azizul Bari Helal, Selima Rahman, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's advisor Shawkat Mahmud, her special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, and Rajib Ahsan.
According to the prosecution, it was alleged that on February 3, 2015, 40-45 unidentified BNP-Jamaat-Shibir activists hurled petrol bombs at a bus in front of the National Bank on DIT Road in Malibagh, Rampura in support of their strike. The passengers panicked and one passenger was seriously injured. They also set fire to various buses and threw bricks at the police, disrupting their duties.
Rampura Police Station SI Babul Sharif filed the case against the top BNP leaders on the same day.
After investigating the case, Sub-Inspector Ashraful Alam of Rampura Police Station on January 18, 2018 submitted a charge sheet against 41 BNP leaders and activists under the Special Powers Act and the Explosive Substances Act.