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Militancy cases not moving in full pace

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UNB, Dhaka :
Over the past five years Bangladesh witnessed a flurry of attacks made by militant groups that the country's law enforcers largely succeeded to thwart.
When it comes to justice delivery in terms of investigation, prosecution and trial of such militancy-related cases, the pace appears not speedy enough.
Sources at the Police Headquarters said so far 86 cases were filed in different police stations across the country in connection with targeted attacks and killings by so-called Islamist militant groups till May this year since February, 2013. Militant groups claimed responsibility for most of those attacks and the law enforcers arrested many radical Islamists in connection with the attacks.
Additional DIG (Intelligence and Special Affairs) of Police Headquarters Moniruzzaman told UNB that out of the 86 cases, police submitted charge sheets in 39 cases. Of those 39 cases, verdicts have been given in five cases while 34 cases are under trial in
different courts across the country. Investigations have not been completed in 43 cases. Police submitted final report true (FRT) in four cases, where it was found that the offences were committed, but sufficient evidences were not available to prosecute the accused persons.
As many as 431 suspected militants have been arrested in connection with the militant attack cases during the period (2013-2018). Of them, 152 alleged militants gave their confessional statements before magistrates in connection with involvement in killing and attack cases, said the Additional DIG.
Replying to a question, Moniruzzaman said most of the targeted militant attacks were carried out by the banned Islamic outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

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