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142 killed in 535 bomb attacks during 1999-2005
Pulack Ghatack
Publish Date : 2014-06-24,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 94
As many as 142 people were killed and thousands wounded in 23 major bombings, apart from the August 17 countrywide attacks of 2005, which were carried out almost on regular intervals starting with the Udichi carnage on March 6, 1999.
A total of 535 attacks, including 511 simultaneous attacks across the country on August 17, 2005, were carried out against innocent people in a period between 1991 and 2005.
High profile personalities including the incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, Awami League leaders Ive Rahman, Suranjit Sengupta and former British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury were among the victims of the attacks. Of them, Kibria and Ive succumbed to their injuries and others survived narrowly.
However, the attackers are yet to be brought to justice, except the accused in Ramna  massacre case eight of who got death sentence and six others got life term imprisonment in the trial court verdict on Monday.
Only the secular elements of the society were the targets of the heinous attacks and involvement of so- called Islamic outfits were evident. But a culture denial saved them many years. Days after days have passed in the efforts to identify the killers. But the law enforcers failed to submit charge sheets in most of the cases.
Many of the victims have even forgotten to seek justice for the brutalities done on them a long time ago. Absence of family members of the victims during the delivery of judgment in Ramna Batamul carnage case makes a point.
The August 21, 2004 grisly attacks on an anti-terrorism rally of the then opposition Awami League killed 24 including Ive Rahman. Sheikh Hasina escaped narrowly, but partially lost her hearing ability permanently.
Investigators found involvement of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman and senior officials of army intelligence and police force in the attack. The case is now at trial stage.
Ten activists of noted cultural organisation Udichi died on the spot as a powerful time bomb went off at its function in Jessore on March 6, 1999. A court in Jessore on June 28 acquitted all the 23 accused in two cases on the bomb attack.
Eight more were bombed to death at a Mosque of Ahmedia Muslim community in Khulna on October 8 in the same year. Police recently submitted final report to the Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate Court as it could not identify anyone guilty in the case.
Leaders of the community demanded fresh probe into the case, Zahid Hasan, the Daily Observer Correspondent from Khulna, reports.
No attacker could be identified in the case of killing seven people in bomb blasts at the CPB rally on January 20, 2001.
Before the wounds of the scars could heal, the Ramna Batamul bloodbath claimed another 10 innocent lives on April 14, 2001. A court in Dhaka on Monday convicted 14 militants of banned I outfit Harkat-ul-Zehad Al Islami (HUJI). This is the first case which saw conviction of the criminals, sans the trial of the notches of the Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) that carried out a countrywide attack in 2005.
The Baniyachar Church bomb attack on June 3, 2001 killed 10 people. Police could not file charge sheets in two cases in connection with the attack though HUJI chief Mufti Hannan and another seventeen persons were arrested, our Gopalganj correspondent Morshadayan Nissan reports.
Barely 12 days after the Baniyachar incident, an explosion at the AL office in Narayanganj killed 22 people. Eight people were killed in an attack on Bagerhat AL rally on September 23, 2001 and three in a Satkhira cinema explosion on September 28, 2002.
Twenty-one movie-goers were blown up in bomb explosions in four Mymensingh cinemas on December 6, 2002.
The grenade attack on the former British high commissioner, Anwar Chowdhury, at the shrine of Shahjalal in Sylhet on May 21, 2004 killed three and seriously wounded the diplomat along with 70 others.
On the night of January 12, 2004, powerful bombs blew up four sleeping pilgrims at the Urs, a Muslim Ceremony) in the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet.
Grenade attacks on a meeting of Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta in Dhirai of Sunamganj on June 21, 2004 left 1 dead and over 50 people injured.
Incidents of bombing also occurred in two cinema-halls -- Manika and Rang-mahal-- in Sylhet on August 5, 2004.
Sylhet city mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran escaped a strong bomb attack at Gulshan Hotel on the night of August 7. AL leader Ibrahim Ali died and 30 persons were wounded in the attack.
On August 17, 2005, the members of banned outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carried out the attacks in 511 places of 63 out of the total 64 districts, leaving two people killed and 200 others injured.
A deadly bomb-attack by JMB took lives of two judges on November 14, 2005.
Members of the suicide-squad of JMB carried out simultaneous bomb attacks on lawyers, police a

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