>Ramna bomb blast case: charges accepted, warrants issued

>A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrants against eight Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) men after accepting the charge sheets in connection with the Ramna Batamul blast case.
The accused against whom the warrants issued are former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu’s brother Maulana Mohammad Tajuddin, Maulana Abdul Hannan Sabbir, Maulana Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid, Hafez Jahangir Alam Badar, Maulana Abu Bakar alias Selim Hawlader, Mufti Shafiqur Rahman, Maulana Yahiya and Mufti Abdul Hye.
Judge of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, Dhaka issued the warrants after accepting the charge sheets against the accused for the trial in the case filed under Explosive Substances Act.
The next hearing on the case will be held on February 18.
Total 14 people including Huji chief Mufti Abdul Hannan were accused in the case.
Hannan and four others–Arif Hasan Suman alias Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Ullah alias Jewel, Maulana Abdur Rouf and Maulana Abu Taher– now in jail custody while another accused–Maulana Akbar Hossain–secured a High Court bail earlier.
Meanwhile, another Ramna Batamul blast case filed for murder against all the 14 accused is pending with the same court.
The bloodbath that took place during Pahela Baishakh celebrations on April 14, 2001 left 10 people dead and scores injured.
Of the cases filed with Ramna Police Station, one was for murder and another for possession and use of explosive substances.
During the investigation of the cases, Hannan, Akbar and Suman gave confessional statements to magistrates on different dates.


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