5 to die in Laldighi massacre case
Published : Monday, 20 January, 2020 at 3:29 PM Count : 228
A court in Chattogram on Monday awarded five people capital punishment in Laldighi Maidan massacre in 1988.
Chattogram District and Sessions Judge Ismail Hossain handed down the verdict in the afternoon.
The convicts are: Mamtaj Uddin, Mostafizur Rahman, Pradip Barua, Gopal Chandra Mandal and
Abdullah. They all were police members.
Of them, Gopal Chandra is on the run while the rest are behind the bar.
According to the prosecution, on January 24, 1988, police opened fire on a motorcade of Awami League chief and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina near Laldighi Maidan during the regime of military dictator HM Ershad that left 24 people dead and over 200 injured. But, Hasina survived the attempt on her life
Sheikh Hasina, the then alliance of 15 opposition parties was leading the procession to attend a scheduled rally against the misrule of Ershad.
On March 5, 1992, lawyer Shahidul Huda filed a case with the Chittagong Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court accusing 46 people, including then police commissioner Kazi Raqibul Huda.
Police submitted chargesheet against eight policemen on November 3, 1998. But three of the eight charge-sheeted accused died in custody.