After long 32 years of the gruesome killing of 24 people attending Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's rally in Chittagong in 1988, a court here on Monday sentenced five people to death in a case over the killing.
The court also sentenced them to 10 years’ imprisonment each in the case. Each of the convicts was also fined Tk 50,000.
Chattogram acting Special Judge Mohammad Ismail Hossain pronounced the verdict.
The convicts are then Kotwali thana patrol inspector Gobinda Chandra Mondal, and then constables Mustafizur Rahman, Pradeep Barua, Mohammad Abdullah and Momtaz Uddin.
According to the prosecution, Awami League chief Hasina, also the leader of the then alliance of 15 opposition parties, was heading towards Laldighi Maidan in a procession to attend a scheduled rally against the misrule of military dictator Ershad.
Without any provocation, police opened fire on Hasina’s motorcade and the people following it. Hasina survived the attempt on her life but 24 people died in the attack. More than 300 others were also injured.
A case was filed on March 5, 1992 by lawyer Shahidul Huda with the Chittagong Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court against 46 people, including then police commissioner Kazi Raqibul Huda.
Police submitted chargesheet against eight policemen on November 3, 1998. But three of the eight charge-sheeted accused died.
The High Court on Sunday asked the government to form a commission within 30 days under the Law Ministry to stop rape and violence against women.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with order after hearing a writ filed in the form of public interest litigation (PIL).
It ordered constitution of the commission, led by an additional secretary of the ministry, comprising representatives from lawyers, judges, human rights activists, renowned personalities, media persons, physicians and victims if any victim agrees.
The HC also asked the commission to be formed to make recommendations within the next six months on how to stop rape incidents.
Meanwhile, the court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why rapists should not be awarded capital punishment if the rape victim is under 16.
Besides, it wanted to know in the rule why government’s inaction to drop life imprisonment provision alongside the capital punishment in case of death in rape incident should not be declared illegal.
It also sought why directives would not be given to enact law for protection of witnesses in rape cases, create database to save rapists DNA samples, ensure protection to victims through the one-stop crisis centre in every district, remain alert in publishing photos of victims in media, form separate court for rape trial and resolve rape cases as early as possible.
Barrister Rabeya Bhuiyan stood for the writ petitioner and deputy attorney general barrister ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
Police on Saturday night arrested the main suspect in connection with the murder of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s (BCL) Chattogram city unit leader Sudipta Biswas from Ispahani intersection in Khulshi area.
The arrestee is Md Jahedur Rahman Jahed.
Pranab Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Khulshi Police Station, said a police patrol team chased Jahed and his followers after they attacked police and hurled brickbats in the area around 11:30pm.
Jahed was arrested while others managed to escape, the OC said, adding that three policemen were injured during the incident.
The injured policemen are – Sub-Inspector Anwar Hossain, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ratan and Constable Md Monir.
According to local sources, Jahed was involved with the politics of local Jubo League and a follower of Lalkhan Bazar ward unit Awami League General Secretary Didarul Alam Masum, who is in jail in Sudipta murder case.
Sudipta, 26, son of Babul Biswas of Sadarghat area and assistant general secretary of BCL’s city unit, was beaten to death by miscreants in Dakkhin Nalapara area of the city on October 6, 2017.
The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Thursday pressed charges against four people over the murder of housewife Sagira Morshed Salam, who was killed 30 years ago in front of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in the city.
PBI Inspector M Rafiqul Islam, also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet before the Court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in the afternoon.
The charge-sheeted accused are victim’s bother-in-law (Husband’s elder brother) Dr Hasan Ali Chowdhury, 70, his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda Shahin, 64, Shaheen's brother Anas Mahmud Rezwan ,59, and hired killer Maruf Reza, 59.
Earlier in the day, PBI chief Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Banaj Kumar Majumder said they finalised the charge-sheet.
While briefing reporters at the PBI headquarters, he said four people were arrested in connection with the murder.
The arrestees gave confessional statements before a court here over their involvement in the killing, the PBI chief added.
He said Sagira was killed due to jealousy of her elder sister-in-law Sayedatul Mahmuda Shahin.
Sagira was shot to death in broad daylight on July 25, 1989 in the capital's Bailey Road area when she was going to Vikarunnesa School by a rickshaw to fetch her daughter.
Sagira’s husband Abdus Salam Chowdhury filed a murder case against some unknown people with Ramna Police Station the same day.
But the trial proceedings of the case remained stayed for 28 years following a High Court order.
Finally, the PBI got the task to investigate the murder on July 17 last as an HC bench ordered further investigation vacating the stay order.