Eight Ansar Al Islam militants charged in Dipan murder case
A Special Tribunal of Dhaka framed charges against eight members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam including sacked major Zia ul Haque in a case filed over the murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan in 2015.
After framing charges, Judge Mojibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal on Sunday fixed November 18 for beginning of the trial.
Among the eight accused, six of them, now in jail, claimed themselves innocent and demanded justice after the court read out the allegations before them.
The six accused are Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran, 24, Abdus Sabur alias Samad alias Sujon alias Raju, 23, Khairul Islam alias Fahim alias Jishan, 24, Sheikh Abdullah, 27, Abu Siddiq Sohel, 34, and Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, 25.
The court also issued warrants for the arrests of two fugitives - Major Zia and Akram - as they have been on the run.
Faisal Arefin Dipan, 43, the publisher of Jagriti Prokashani was hacked to death in his office in Dhaka's Shahbagh on October 31, 2015.
Later, his wife filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing unknown persons.
Dipan was stabbed twice in the head and once in the neck with a machete, according to the autopsy report.
Just hours before the attack, publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and his friends, bloggers Ranadipam Basu and Tareque Rahim, were injured in a machete attack at Tutul's publishing house Shuddhoswar in Lalmatia.
Both Tutul and Dipan were publishers of writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death by assailants in TSC area of Dhaka University on February 26, 2015.