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Mujib verdict today, tight security in Dhaka

Bangladesh eagerly awaits the final verdict in the much extended murder trial of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This comes 34 years after he was killed in a military coup as the Supreme Court is set to pronounce the judgement amidst unprecedented security measures.

world Updated: Nov 19, 2009 12:21 IST

Bangladesh eagerly awaits the final verdict in the much extended murder trial of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This comes 34 years after he was killed in a military coup as the Supreme Court is set to pronounce the judgement amidst unprecedented security measures.

The security agencies have enforced a tight vigil in the capital and vital installations have been placed elsewhere as they fear sabotage for five of the 12 condemned ex-army officers are still hiding abroad to evade justice. The five Appellate Division Judges who are to deliver the judgement in the trial reached the Supreme Court complex in the midst of heightened security measures.

"The five judges have arrived" under heavy security escort as they are set to deliver the judgement at 11 am, a Supreme Court official told PTI.

The five judges were escorted separately to the Supreme Court complex by armed police and elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), witnesses said. The Supreme Court complex was manned by nearly a 1000 extra police and the RAB have laid a heavy security blanket. Witnesses add that apart from sniffer dogs being engaged, people were allowed inside the complex only after confirmation of identities and both body and vehicle searches.

The officials said that extra security vigil was also enforced at other important areas including the nearby Secretariat complex. In the Dhaka Central Jail, five of the convicts have been kept in isolated cells to prevent any possible subversive acts moments before the delivery of the judgement.