On October 6 last year, family members of the litterateur rejected the first probe into the attack saying the names of the masterminds were missing in the charge sheet. Then on October 20 last year, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, Dhaka ordered CID investigators to carry out further investigation.
Earlier, CID framed a charge sheet against five JMB men including JMB leader Abdur Rahman and his brother Ataur Rahman Sunny on November 15, 2007 after its first probe. The three others were Nur Mohammad alias Shamim, Nur Alam alias Anwar Hossain alias Bhaigna Shahid and Mizanur Rahman Minhaz.
Latifa Khanam, wife of Prof Azad, on Tuesday expressing her frustration over the progress of the investigation in the last six years asked as to how long she has to wait to see the real culprits brought to justice.
Meanwhile, as part of a fresh investigation, the CID investigators recently showed two other JMB men arrested. They are Salehin alias Sajeeb and Rahib Hasan alias Hafez Mohammad who were also arrested in other cases.
Of the five accused in the first probe, Abdur Rahman and Sunny were executed, Minhaz is in jail, and Shamim and Shahid are on the run.
CID Inspector Mustafizur Rahman who is the investigation officer of the case said “We grilled Salehin for four days and sought a five-day remand for Rakib Hasan before the court”.
Latifa said the charge-sheeted accused might have been involved in the attack, but there were powerful persons including former lawmakers who abetted them in the heinous mission.
In 2004, the then lawmakers threatened to kill Humayun Azad, and even in parliament they declared him ‘Murtad’, she said.
“None of the masterminds is still arrested,” Latifa added.
Asked about CID’s move to arrest them, Mustafiz said CID was carrying out investigation, and once it gets enough evidence, it would take steps immediately in this regard.
Replying to a query, he said CID could not yet trace the fugitive JMB men who were accused in the first charge sheet.
Mustafiz also said, during the interrogation, JMB activist Salehin admitted to his involvement and informed CID about Rakib’s involvement.
He said Rakib would be taken on remand soon.
On February 27, 2004, a gang attacked Azad with machetes in front of Bangla Academy leaving him critically injured. After his recovery, Azad went to Germany where he died on August 11, 2004.
In a confessional statement on June 3, 2007, JMB member Minhaz admitted to his direct involvement in the assault saying that a plan for the attack was finalised at Abdur Rahman’s residence and Sunny was given the responsibility to execute it.
After the novel, Pak Sar Zamin Saad Baad, written by Azad was published, Rahman ordered his men to kill the writer, the confessional statement reads.