The Criminal Investigation Department has appointed new investigation officer in the case filed for shooting Major General Abul Manzur in Chattogram cantonment on June 2, 1981, nearly 24 years after the investigation had begun in 1995.
Superintendent of police Md Kutub Uddin in mid of April replaced additional deputy inspector general Abdul Kahar Akand, who went into retirement in February 2019.
Kutub Uddin told New Age on Friday that he started investigation as per a court order.
Assistant public prosecutor Md Abul Kashem said that judge of the additional district and sessions judge’s court 1 holding the trial of the case have also changed.
SM Pradip Kumar Ray was replaced by Sharif AM Reza Jaker on May 2 taking the number of judges changed to 26 during the trial, a court official said.
On March 28, the court pushed back the deadline to June 28 for the submission of the investigation report.
Abdul Kahar declined to comment on his failure to complete the further investigation ordered by the court on February 27, 2014, when the court was scheduled for pronouncement of the verdict on completion of the final arguments and the examination of 28 of the 47 prosecution witnesses.
The court had ordered further investigation following a prosecution appeal stating that the previous investigation conducted by Abdul Kahar was faulty and incomplete.
In June 2014, Kahar visited the United States to record the statements of American journalist Lawrence Lifschultz and Manzur’s eldest daughter Rubana Manzur.
Major General Mohammad Abul Manzur, the then general officer commanding of the 24th infantry division, was shot dead in Chittagong Cantonment on June 2, 1981, three days after the assassination of the then president Ziaur Rahman on May 30, 1981.
On July 15, 1995, CID pressed charges against former military dictator Hussain Mohammad Ershad, discharged army officers Mustafa Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan and Emdadul Haque and retired army officers Abdul Latif and Shamsur Rahman Shams.
All the accused are now on bail.
About the delay in investigation, prosecutor Asadduzzaman said, ‘We have nothing to do until the supplementary charge sheet or further investigation report is submitted to the court.’
On May 4, 2014, Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia alleged that Ershad was behind the murders of Ziaur Rahman and Manzur, and she criticised the ruling Awami League for keeping ‘close ties’ with the Jatiya Party chief.
Days later following Khaleda’s remarks, Jatiya Party chairman Ershad claimed the decision to revive the major general Mohammad Abul Manzur murder case was ill-intentioned.
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