Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday ordered two bus companies to give Tk 50 lakh in damages to the family of Government Titumir College student Rajib Hasan within two months.
Rajib lost his right arm after he was trapped between two buses in the city’s Banglamotor area on April 4 last year. He succumbed to his injuries on April 17 that year.
The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam issued the order for compensation after holding the authorities concerned of the two buses responsible for the incident.
The owners of 'Sajan Paribahan' will have to pay Tk 25 lakh while Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC) will pay the remaining amount, the court said.
Barrister Ruhul Kuddus said the court also issued some directives to ensure the safety of passengers.
The directives include stopping picking up passengers from the middle of the road, dope tests for drivers, not allowing vehicles other than ambulance and fire service to use horns near schools, colleges, hospitals and residential areas, and implementing the Road Safety Act 2018 within six months.
On April 4 last year, the court sought explanations from the authorities concerned on why directives should not be issued to provide Tk 1 crore as compensation to Rajib.
The High Court on May 8 of the same year ordered owners of 'Sajan Paribahan' and BRTC to pay Tk 5 million each (Tk 1 crore in total) to Rajib's family.
But the order was stayed by the Appellate Division on May 22. The apex court directed the High Court to form an independent committee to fix the compensation and find out who is responsible for the accident.
On May 30, 2018, the High Court formed a three-member committee to identify those responsible for the accident and fix compensation.
Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) – Four people were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing university student Wahiduzzaman in 2013.
The convicted are – Lelin Bapari and Rezaul Bapari of Dhusha village in Kalkini upazila, Shahbuddin Dorji of Kukuril village, and MM Faisal Ahmed of Thantoli village. Rezaul is absconding.
A sixth accused, Mohiuddin Darji, was acquitted.
Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 judge Monir Kamal also fined the convicts TK 20,000 each. They will have to stay in jail for two more months if they fail to pay the fine.
Wahiduzzaman was an MA student at Madaripur Government Nazimuddin University College and a part-time employee of The Hunger Project, an international volunteer organisation.
According to the prosecutions, Wahiduzzaman, son of Mozammel Hossain of Singair upazila, gave Tk 10 lakh to Rezaul to go to Italy. But Wahiduzzaman failed to go abroad and asked the convict to give back his money, leading to an altercation.
Mohiuddin and Rezaul planned to kill the student instead of giving back his money. According to their plan, Shahbuddin, Lelin and Selim asked Wahiduzzaman to come to Savar to take money from them on March 6, 2013.
When Wahiduzzaman reached Savar, the convicts took him to a maize field and strangled him to death.
Lelin, Shahbuddin, Selim, Faisal were directly involved in this murder, according to the charge sheet.
Selim died during the trial proceedings.
Sub-Inspector Salam of Singair Police Station filed a murder case over the killing. Later, Detective Branch Inspector Madon Mohon pressed charges in court against six people on November 22, 2014.
The court indicted them on November 27, 2016. Twenty-two witnesses testified in the case.
Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) –The High Court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders.
The High Court bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order after hearing a rule in the case.
Earlier, the HC granted a six-month bail to Rana in the case.
It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why Rana should not be granted permanent bail in the case.
Advocate Monsurul Haque Chowdhury stood for the accused.
Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on July 16, 2012 in the district town.
The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station.
Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrestees – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 -- revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders had been murdered as the order of MP Rana.
Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on September 18, 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.
The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.
On January 18, 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.
Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.
Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) – The Appellate Division on Tuesday started hearing the appeal filed by war criminal ATM Azharul Islam challenging his death sentence.
The hearing took place at the four-member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.
A time petition filed by defence counsel Zainul Abedin Tuhin was rejected.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami’s Assistant Secretary General Islam to death on December 30, 2014, for crimes against humanity committed in Rangpur during the Liberation War.
He was found guilty of five of the six charges brought against him. Islam moved the top court on January 28 the next year.