The 19th anniversary of Udichi blast tragedy will be observed in Jessore today as part of a two day programme chalked out on the occasion.
On March 7 in 1999, 10 people were killed and over 150 were injured in two bomb blasts at a cultural function held during the 12th National Convention of Udichi Shilpi Goshthi on the Jessore Town Hall grounds.
On the eve of the day, president of Jessore district unit of Udichi
Shilpi Goshthi DM Shahiduzzaman said that they were yet to get justice in an attack that took away the lives of so many innocent people.
Udichi Shilpi Goshthi and several organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes for today and Wednesday, including wearing of black badges, placing wreaths at the memorial, candle light vigils, condolence meets, blood donation campaigns and cultural functions.
In 1999, two cases were filed with Jessore Kotwali police against unnamed suspects over the bomb blasts.
On December 14 in 1999, senior assistant superintendent of Criminal Investigation Department Dulal Uddin Akand submitted the charge sheet against 24 people to a local court.
The charge sheet included the names of the then opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party
leader and environment and forest minister Tariqul Islam and BNP leader Noor‑un-Nabi.
The court framed charges on July 9 in 2000 but Tariqul’s name was dropped from the case by the High Court on August 12 in 2003.
On May 30 in 2006, a Jessore court acquitted all the other 23 accused in the two cases due to a lack of evidence.
After repeated demands for fresh investigations into the cases by the Udichi Shilpi Goshthi, the government later agreed to re-investigate the incident.
Public prosecutor Rafiqul Islam Pitu said that they were awaiting the High Court’s decision after the reinvestigations were initiated. ‘Three of those accused in the case have died in the meanwhile,’ he added.
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