2005 Netrokona bombing

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2005 Netrokona bombing
LocationNetrokona, Bangladesh
Date8 December 2005 (UTC+06:00)
TargetBangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi
Attack type
Mass murder; bomb attack; terrorism
Deaths8
Non-fatal injuries
50
PerpetratorsJamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

2005 Netrokona bombing was a bomb attack on 8 December 2005 at a meeting of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi in Netrokona, Bangladesh that resulted in the deaths of eight people.[1][2] It was carried out by the Islamist Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh who have in the past bombed courts demanding Sharia law.[3]

Attacks[edit]

On 8 December 2005, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigoshthi, a secular cultural organisation, had organised a cultural program. A suicide bomber of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh attacked the event killing eight people including two police officers.[4] Two suicide bombers were also killed in the bombing. The Joint convenor of Udichi in Netrokona, Khaja Haider Hossain, was killed in the attack. Two of the victims died in Netrokona Sadar Hospital and three others died in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.[5][6]

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party led government tried to blame the attack on a Hindu man, Yadav Das, who was killed in the explosion. This was criticised by both the local people and the opposition, Bangladesh Awami League.[7][8] State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar first called Yadav an Hindu extremist but on 15 December 2005 rescinded his statement and said Yadav was innocent.[9][10]

Trial[edit]

On 17 February 2008 a Dhaka Court sentenced to death, Asaduzzaman Chowdhury alias Panir, Salahuddin alias Saleheen, and Yunus Ali. Of them Yunus was tried in absentia as he was absconding. Asaduzzaman Chowdhury alias Panir appealed and in 2014 his appeal was rejected by Bangladesh High Court. On 23 March 2016 Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the death penalty.[11]

Reactions[edit]

The district unit of Bangladesh Awami League, then opposition party, called a hartal (strike) on 10 December following the attack.[5] The bombing was condemned by Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon who said justice would not be possible as long as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party was in power. It was also condemned by Hasanul Haq Inu, the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, and Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal.[12] The Supreme Court Bar Association visited the surviving victims on 18 December 2005 and called for the government to provide compensation.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bhonsle, R. K. (2006). India- Security Scope 2006: The New Great Game. Gyan Publishing House. p. 113. ISBN 9788178355122.
  2. ^ Riaz, Ali (2008). Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Complex Web. Notes: Routledge. ISBN 9780415451727. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Trail of terror attacks". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Bangladesh suicide bombing kills 8". edition.cnn.com. CNN. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Seven killed in Netrokona in suicide bomb attack, 3rd Ld". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Eight die, 50 hurt in Bangladesh bomb blast". ABC News. 8 December 2005. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Netrokona dwellers refuse to accept Yadav as suicide bomber". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Netrokona blast: Who's suicide bomber?". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Babar takes U-turn to term Yadav innocent". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  10. ^ Das, Bishawjit. "Yadav was coaxed to go to the spot". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Netrakona suicide blasts: SC upholds death for JMB man". The Daily Star. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Netrakona bomb attacks condemned". archive.thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  13. ^ "SCBA team visits victims of bomb attacks in Netrokona". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.