A Dhaka court on Monday framed charges against five Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists in connection with Prof Humayun Azad murder case.
Judge AHM Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan of Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court accepted the charges against the accused.
The accused are: Salehin alias Salahuddin, Hafiz Mahmud alias Hassan, Anwarul Alam alias Anwar, Mizanur Rahman alias Minhaz and Nur Mohammad.
Among the accused, Nur Mohammad is on the run while others are in jail.
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On February 27, 2004, JMB activists stabbed the 56-year-old Azad, a professor of Bangla department at Dhaka University, while he was trying to hire a rickshaw for going home from the Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair) on the premises of Bangla Academy in the capital.
Following the incident, an attempted murder case was filed against several unknown people.
He died of cardiac arrest in Munich on August 12 that year, according to an autopsy report.
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Inspector Kazi Abdul Malek, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet on November 15, 2007 accusing three JMB leaders. They were Minhaz, Nur Mohammad and Anwar.
But later another Dhaka court on October 20 in 2009 ordered a further investigation on the death following an application filed by Azad’s brother on October 6 the same year.
CID investigated the matter and found that the JMB leaders were directly involved in the killing of Azad, CID Inspector Lutfor Rahman said earlier.
CID on April 30 this year pressed charges against five JMB leaders appealing to the court to turn the case into a murder case.