A Gaibandha court on Thursday sentenced three people to death in connection with a double murder case in Sundarganj upazila of the district.
Gaibandha District and Sessions Judge Dilip Kumar Bhoumik handed down the verdict.
The convicts are Abul Hossain, Hafizar Rahman and Azizal Hossain. Of them, Abul Hossain died during trial procedding.
According to the prosecution, Abul Hossain and his neighbour Mafizul Haque of Purbo Jinia village in Sundarganj upazila had been at loggerheads over the ownership of a piece of land.
On December 12, 2016, Taslim Uddin and Marjina Begum died from electrocution as Abul Hossain and his associates put an electric wire on the disputed land so that none can harvest paddy from the land.
Mafizul filed a case with Sundarganj Police Station against six people in this connection.
Police submitted chargesheet against six people.
The court also acquitted three others as allegations brought against them could not be proved.
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A prosecution witness testified before a tribunal in the murder case of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) student Abrar Fahad who was beaten to death by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman recorded the statement of Sub-Inspector Delwar Hossain.
Abrar’s father Barkat Ullah, the plaintiff of the case, was questioned by the lawyers of the accused on Wednesday.
The court fixed Thursday for the next hearing of the case.
So far, only two witnesses among 60 have made their deposition.
The trial in the sensational murder case began Monday with the deposition of witnesses.
On Sept 15, the tribunal framed charges against 25 accused in the case.
The accused are – Mehedi Hassan Rasel, Civil Engineering, Batch-13; Muhtasim Fuad, Civil Engineering, Batch-14; Anik Sarker, Mechanical Engineering, Batch-15; Mehedi Hasan Robin, Chemical Engineering Batch-15; Ifti Mosharraf Shakal, Biomedical Engineering, Batch-16; Moniruzzaman Monir, Water Resources Engineering, Batch-16; Meftahul Islam Zion, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Batch-15; Mazedur Rahman, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Batch-17; Muzahidur Rahman Muzahid, Civil Engineering, Batch-16; Tabakhkharul Islam Tanvir, Mechanical Engineering, Batch-16; Hossain Mohammad Toha, Mechanical Engineering, Batch 17; Jisan, Engineering, Batch-16; Md Akash, Civil Engineering, Batch-16; Md Shamem Billah, Marine Engineering, Batch-17; Nazmus Sadat, Mechanical Engineering, Batch-17; Ajtesamul Rabbi Tanim, Civil Engineering, Batch-17; Morshed Amartya Islam, Mechanical Engineering, Batch-17; Moaz Abu Huraira, Computer Science Engineering, Batch-17; Muntasir Alam Jemi, Chemical Engineering, Batch-17; Amit Shaha, Civil Engineering, Batch-16; Muztaba Rafid, Chemical Engineering, Batch-16; Ishtiaq Ahmed Munna, Mechanical Engineering, Batch-15; Samsul Arefin Rafat, Mechanical Engineering, Batch-17; Mizanur Rahman, Marine Engineering, Batch-16 and Mahmud Setu, Chemical Engineering, Batch-14.
Three of the accused – Jishan, Rafid and Tanim – are absconding.
Abrar, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering, was beaten to death reportedly by then Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of October 7 last year. His murder sparked a nationwide outcry.
On Nov 13, the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) submitted charge sheet before the court. On Nov 18, the court accepted the chargesheet against 25 accused.
On January 13 this year, the case was shifted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court from Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
On March 12, the murder case was moved to Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 after Abrar’s parents met the Law Minister and urged to shift the case to a speedy trial tribunal.
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A Noakhali court put three more accused on different terms of remand in a case filed over the torture of a housewife in Begumganj upazila of Noakhali on Wednesday.
Those remanded are Sazu, Sohag and Nur Hossain Rasel.
Noakhali Chief Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Mashfikul Haque passed the order.
The court also recorded the testimony of the victim under section 22 on Wednesday.
Sazu was placed on a six-day remand in two cases while Rasel and Sohag were placed on a two-day remand each in a case filed under the Pornography Control Act.
So far, seven accused have been put on remand in the case, said investigation officer of the case and Sub-Inspector of Begumganj Police Station Mostak Ahmed.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Noakhali court placed one of the main accused Badal Mia on a seven-day remand i and also placed local UP member Moazzem Hossain on a two-day remand.
The victim was allegedly molested by some local miscreants at Ward No. 9 of Eklashpur Union of the upazila last month but the incident came to light after a video of the incident went viral on the internet.
The miscreants tortured the housewife after undressing her and filmed it.
The victim filed two cases accusing nine people on Sunday, 33 days after the incident.
One case was filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act and another under the Pornography Control Act.
Chairman of Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission ( BJSC) Justice Hasan Foez Siddique presented the Commission's Annual Report-2019 to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission apprised the President of the overall activities of the commission and various aspects of the annual report.
He informed the President that the selection process would be completed in the shortest possible time in the future even though the selection process was disrupted due to Corona.
The President expressed satisfaction over the overall activities of the Judicial Service Commission.
He hoped that the commission would select eligible candidates and take steps for recruitment in the shortest possible time.
Secretary to the President's Office Sampad Barua, President’s Military Secretary Major General SM Shamim -Uz- Zaman, Press Secretary to the President Md. Joynal Abedin, Secretary (Joint) Wahidul Islam Khan were present on the occasion.
Members of the commission Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Sahidul Karim were present.
Taking cognizance of a media report, the High Court (HC) on Wednesday ordered a lower court to dispose of a 32-year-old murder case within three months.
Sima Mohammadi, 20, was allegedly hacked to death by a youth, identified as Amin, in her house in the Jagannath Road area of Old Dhaka on April 26, 1988, according to the newspaper report.
Amin allegedly committed the crime as the woman had turned down his marriage proposal, police investigations revealed.
Expressing concern over the unprecedented delay in deciding the case, a bench of Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman has threatened to take action against the lower court judges if they fail to dispose of the same by the first week of January.
"Action will be taken against the judges (of the lower court) if they fail to dispose of the case within three months," the HC said. The bench has also sought a progress report, post implementation of its order.
The case proceedings were delayed frequently after charges had been framed in 2001 "due to the negligence of the investigating officer and a physician who conducted the post-mortem examination", the report said.
The physician never appeared before the court for giving his testimony, despite arrest warrants having been issued against him, according to the report that was produced before the HC by advocates Ishrat Hasan and Jamiul Haque Faisal.