Babar finally charged
14 new accused named after 4-yr further probe
The additions raised to 24 the number of individuals charged with the murder of Kibria, who was also a central leader of the then-opposition Awami League. Ten people were accused in the first charge sheet submitted on March 19, 2005, just three months after the gruesome killing.
The first charge sheet was submitted after a probe conducted by the then government of the four-party alliance led by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.
Kibria's family rejected the new charge sheet as strongly as it denounced the first one.....
Of the new accused, only nine are in custody now, said the IO. The detained nine are former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, Indian national Md Abdul Aziz Butt alias Abdul Mazed Butt, Mufti Mainuddin Sheikh alias Abu Zandal, Huji kingpin Mufti Abdul Hannan, his brother Muhibbullah alias Muhibur Rahman alias Ovi, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul, Hafez Syed Nayeem Ahmed Arif, Md Badrul Alam Mizan, and Mizanur Rahman alias Mithu.
Kibria, also a former Awami League lawmaker from Habiganj, was killed in a grenade attack on a rally at Baidyer Bazar in Habiganj on January 27, 2005. His nephew Shah Manzur Huda, local AL leader Abdur Rahim, Abul Hossain, and Siddique Ali were also killed in the attack.
CID official Rafiqul was tasked with "further investigation" on May 6, 2007, weeks before the then IO, CID's SP Munshi Atiqur Rahman went on retirement.........
After the deadly grenade attack, Habiganj district AL Organising Secretary Abdul Mazid Khan, now a lawmaker, filed two cases in this connection -- one for killing and the other for using explosive substance -- with Habiganj Sadar Police Station the following day.
The home ministry assigned CID's Munshi Atiqur Rahman as the IO of the two cases.
A high-powered government probe committee submitted its report in April 2005 accusing 10 people of Habiganj including some local BNP leaders and grassroots activists.
The first 10 accused are district BNP Vice-president Abdul Quaiyum, Juba Dal leader Zainal Abedin Jalal, Zamir Ali, Tajul Islam, Zainal Abedin Mumin, Shahed Ali, Selim Ahmed, Ayat Ali, Muhibur Rahman, and Kajol Miah.
In his charge sheet submitted on March 10 the same year, the then IO also accused the same 10, and his report was identical to that of the probe committee.
Receiving the first charge sheet, Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Biplab Goswami started a trial through framing charges against the 10 accused. But following appeal by the complainant, the High Court stayed the proceedings.
The complainant in the cases and Kibria's family repeatedly expressed their "no confidence" over the investigation and asked for reinvestigation.
Further investigation was done during 2007-2008 caretaker government regime, following a court order.
Babar finally charged