Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – The full text of the High Court verdict in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases is likely to be released on Sunday as the judges concerned signed the judgment copy on Thursday.
Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam signed the copy of the judgment upholding the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and three Rab officials, and commuting the penalty of 11 others to life in prison.
On August 22, 2017, the High Court upheld the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and 3 Rab officials, and commuted the penalty of 11 others to life term jail in two cases filed over the seven murders.
The court also upheld various jail terms of nine others in the cases.
Those awarded the death penalty were former Awami League leader Nur Hossain, commanding officer of Rab-11 in Narayanganj Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, then company commander of Rab-11 Major Arif Hossain and Lt Commander Masud Rana, Habildars Enamul Haque, AB Md Arif Hossain, Lance Naik Hira Mia, Belal Hossain, soldiers Abu Tayeb Ali, Abdul Alim, Alamin, constable Md Shihab Uddin, SI Purnendu Bala, Mohiuddin Munshi and Tazul Islam.
The lifers were soldiers Asaduzzaman Nur, Ali Mohammad, Mizanur Rahman Dipu, Raham Ali, Abul Basar, Mortuza Jaman Charchil, Selim, Sanaullah Sana, Sah Jahan, Jamal Sardar and Enamul Kabir.
Besides, Lance Naik Ruhul Amin, soldier Nuruzzaman, constable Babul Hasan, ASI Abul Kalam Azad, ASI Kamal Hossain, Moklesur Rahman, constable Habibur Rahamn were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each and ASI Bazlu Rahman and soldier Nasir Uddin got seven years each .
A court of Narayanganj on January 16, 2017 sentenced 26 people, including three sacked Rab officials and ex-city councillor Nur Hossain, to death and nine others to different jail terms in the two cases filed over the murder incident.
On April 27, 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area of Narayanganj.
At the same time, senior lawyer at the District Judge's Court Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver were abducted on their way to the capital.
Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six of them, including Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya River.
The following day, the body of Nazrul's car driver Jahangir was recovered from the river.
Later, Selina Islam Beauty, the widow of Nazrul Islam, filed a case against six people while Advocate Chandan Sarkar's son-in-law filed the other case.