Two cases have been filed against Basurhat Municipality Mayor Abdul Quader Mirza and former upazila chairman Mizanur Rahman Badal with Senior Judicial Magistrate's Court in Noakhali.
On Tuesday morning, speedy trial tribunal judge Sohaib Uddin Khan accepted the cases filed by Arjuman Parveen, wife of Khizir Hayat Khan, and Iqbal Hossain, a supporter of Quader Mirza, and directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Companiganj Police Station to investigate and take action within the next 10 working days.
On the other hand, the court rejected an application seeking bail for Badal and sent him back to jail.
Case against Mirza
According to the case statement, Quader Mirza and his men attacked and beat up freedom fighter Khizir Hayat Khan, president of Companiganj Upazila Awami League, in the Basurhat area of the upazila on the evening of 8 March.
At that time, the attackers exploded locally-made explosives and created panic in the minds of the people. Arjuman Parveen filed the case against Quader Mirza, his brother Shahadat Hossain, and his son Mashroor Quader Tasik along with 97 people and 50-60 more unidentified persons with the speedy trial tribunal.
Judge Soyeb Uddin Khan accepted the case and directed the Companiganj OC to investigate and take action within the next 10 working days.
Case against Badal
According to the case statement, plaintiff Iqbal Hossain mentioned that Mirza and his followers were holding a meeting at the Awami League party office at Basurhat Rupali Chattar around 3:30pm on 8 March to motivate men and women, aging 40 and above, to receive the Covid-19 vaccines.
After a while, a group of people led by Badal entered the Awami League office and asked Mayor Mirza to leave. When Iqbal interrupted, Badal strangled him with the intention of killing him and his men vandalised the pictures of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and office furniture, the case statement added.
At that time, the miscreants used firearms and beat the leaders and activists, and detonated locally-made explosives and fired blank shots to disperse the crowd.
On Tuesday, Iqbal filed the case against Badal along with 196 people and another 50-60 unidentified persons with the speedy trial tribunal.
Judge Sohaib Uddin Khan accepted the case and directed the OC of Companiganj Police Station to investigate and take action within the next 10 working days.
Badal denied bail
The arrested former chairman of Companiganj Upazila Mizanur Rahman Badal was produced before the Senior Judicial Magistrate's court on Tuesday morning.
An application was filed with the court for Badal's bail while police sought a seven-day remand for each of eight other accused arrested in the same case.
Following the hearing, the court rejected the bail plea of SM Mosleh Uddin Mizan Badal and remanded the eight other accused and ordered them to be sent to jail.
At the same time, the court sent Badal to jail in two more cases.