A Dhaka tribunal today sentenced two members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to different terms of punishment in a case filed over the bomb blasts at Old Dhaka's Hussaini Dalan in October 2015.
The tribunal also fined them Tk 10,000 each, in default of which they will have to serve six months more in jail.
The court rebuked the investigation officer of the case for not including the names of mastermind and planners of the attack in the charge sheet. And that's why the court failed to bring them to the book, the court said while pronouncing the verdict.
Accused Mohammad Arman was jailed for 10 years and Kabir Hossain for 7 years,
Six others -- Rubel Islam, Chan Miah, Omar Faruk, Ahsan Ullah Mahmud, Shahjalal Miah and Abu Sayeed -- were acquitted as their involvement with the incident was not proven.
Of them, Kabir Hossain, Abu Sayeed, Mohammad Arman, Rubel Islam are now in jail while five others are on bail.
JMB behind Hossaini Dalan attack
Read more. Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka announced the verdict in presence of the three convicts at a courtroom.
Earlier, the prosecution and the defence completed their arguments and the tribunal recorded statements of 31 prosecution witnesses, including complainant of the case.
On May 31 of 2017, a Dhaka court framed charges against eight accused in the case.
On October 24 of 2015, two people were killed and 115 others injured in the bomb explosions at the Shia Muslim community's headquarters -- Hussaini Dalan -- in the old part of Dhaka city.
The next day, Jalal Uddin, a sub-inspector of Chawlkbazar Police Station, filed a case against some unidentified people under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
On October 16 of 2016, Mohammad Shafi Uddin Sheikh, an inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police, submitted the charge sheet against the 10 JMB men to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.
Trial against two others accused --Masud Rana Suman and Zahid Hasan Rana -- is going on at a Juvenile Court in Dhaka, as they are under-aged.
According to the case documents, Kabir, Arman and Zahid had confessed to their involvement in the blast.