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Following is the chronology of the protracted legal process of monstrous grenade attack on Awami League’s anti-terrorism rally on August 21, 2004 at Bangabandhu Avenue:
August 22, 2004: The case was filed.
Plaintiff of the cases: Then sub-inspector Sharif Faruk Ahmed of Motijheel Police Station.
June 9, 2008: Charge sheet was filed.
July 2, 2011: Supplementary charge sheet was filed September 29, 2008: Charges were framed
March 18, 2012: Charges framed afresh after taking supplementary charge sheet into cognizance.
Total number of accused: 52. Of those, three including Mufti Abdul Hannan have been executed in other cases and their names have been dropped.
Accused in murder case: 49
Accused in case lodged under explosive substances act: 38
Accused: Tarique Rahman, Haris Chowdhury, Mufti Abdul Hannan, Mohibullah alias Mofijur Rahman alias Ovee, Sharif Shaedul Alam Bipul, Mawlana Abu Sayeed alias Dr Jafar, Abul Kalam Azad alias Bulbul, Md Jahangir Alam, Hafez Mawlana Abu Taher, Shahadat Ullah alias Jewel, Hossain Ahammed Tamim, Abdus Salam Pintu, Moin Uddin Sheikh alias Mufti Moin alias Khaja alias Abu Jandal alias Masum Billah, Arif Hasan alias Sumon alias Abdur Razzak, Rafikul Islam alias Sabuj, Md Uzzal alias Ratan, Hafez Mawlana Yahia, Md Lutfuzzaman Babar, Major General (retd) Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury, Brigadier General (retd) Abdur Rahim, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed, Mawlana Sheikh Abdus Salam, Md
Abdul Mazed Bhat, Abdul Malek alias Golam Mohammad, Mawlana Abdur Rouf alias Peer Saheb, Mawlana Sabbir Ahmed alias Abdul Hannan Sabbir and Mawlana Shawkat Osman alias Sheikh Farid.
Former inspector general of police Md Ashraful Huda, former inspector general of police Shahudul Haque, former inspector general of police Khoda Bokhsh Chowdhury, Ruhul Amin, Abdur Rashid, Munshi Atikur Rahman, Saiful Islam Duke, Mawlana Md Tajuddin, Mohibul Muttakin, Anisul Mursalin, Md Khalil, Jahangir Alam Badar, Md Iqbal, Abu Bakkar alias Hafez Selim Hawlader, Mawlana Liton, Qazi Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad, Md Hanif, Lt Col (retd) Saiful Islam Joarder, Major General (retd) ATM Amin, Mufti Shafikur Rahman, Mufti Abdul Hai, Ratul Ahammed Babu, Khan Sayeed Hasan, Obaidur Rahman Khan and Ariful Islam alias Arif Commissioner.
July 9, 2012: Hearing starts
May 30, 2017: Examining witnesses ended
Total number of witnesses: 225
Total number of defence witnesses: 20
October 23, 2017: Argument starts
Confessional statements: 14
Arrested accused: Thirty one accused arrested so far
Accused on run: Eighteen were tried in absentia Court needs 1454 days to conclude hearing Final hearing ends on September 18, 2018 and the court fixes October 10 for pronouncing the verdict