[Dhaka Correspondent] Three persons will be charge-sheeted in the case of attempted murder of late Dr. Humayun Azad, a writer and a senior teacher of Dhaka University. The charge-sheet will be submitted to the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court Thursday. Five persons, including former Islamist militant kingpin Shaikh Abdur Rahman and his brother Ataur Rahman Sunny, were involved in the case but their names will be omitted as they have already been executed for killing two senior assistant judges, Jagannath Pandey and Shahid Sohel Ahmed, in Jhalakathi on November 14, 2005. The other three to be charge-sheeted are Mizanur Rahman Minhaz, Bhagne Shahid and Shamim.
Only Minhaz is detained in jail while the other two are on the run. He issued a confessional statement to the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on June 4, 2006.
Minhaz, in his statement, stated that Shaikh Abdur Rahman, then chief of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, asked them to kill Humayun Azad after the publication of his novel, “Pak Sar Zamin Sad Bad,” in daily Ittefaq in its’ Eid issue in 2003, saying that the novel was against Allah and the Prophet. Upon his instruction, a meeting was held in a house at Madartek under Sabujbagh thana, where Sunny was present. Sunny and Minhaz surveyed the Bangla Academy and route to Azad’s residence the day before the attack.
On the day, Sunny led a four-member team of assailants comprising Minhaz, Shahid and Shamim, and ambushed Humayun Azad when he had just come out of Bangla Academy at about 8:00 PM on February 27, 2004 on the way to his residence at Dhaka University teachers’ quarters. They attacked Azad when he reached a spot just opposite to the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters, Minhaz told the court, “I hacked Azad with a chapati while Shahid stabbed him with a knife when Azad fell to the ground. Later, we ran away, hurling bombs on the road to discourage pursuit.”
After the incident, Azad’s younger brother Manjur Kabir filed a case with the Ramna thana, and the then sub-inspector, Mahbubur Rahman, was made investigation officer of the case. The IO, upon the instruction of then officer-in-charge, Mahbubur Rahman, arrested a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader, Abu Abbas Bhuiyan, and Shafiqullah Saad and tried to force them to issue confessional statements, but failed to do so. They also arrested an alleged mugger, Abu Khaleq alias Tiger, and also Golam Mostafa alias Mostafa Mahbub.
Later, the investigation was handed over to CID (Criminal Investigation Department) and inspector Abdul Malek was made the investigation officer. The plot to indict Abbas and BCL in the case was foiled after the arrest of Minhaz. All the four arrested persons were then given bail.