A Rajshahi court on Tuesday sentenced five people to death for killing a college student in 2010.
The condemned convicts are—Azizur Rahman, Sazzad Hossain Saju, Rinku of Darikharbona of Rajshahi city, Ismail Hossain of Brambhapur village in Durgapur upazila and Mahbubur Rashid Rentu of Bagmara upazila.
The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each.
According to the prosecution, victim Raju Ahmed, a HSC examinee of Durgapur Daudkandi Degree College and son of Esar Uddin of Hasnipur village in Bagmara upazila, and Rentu had been at loggerheads over a piece of land. Raju also had a jewelry shop in the area.
As a sequel to the enmity, Rentu demanded Tk 50,000 from Raju as extortion. Being refused, Rentu along with his associates vandalized his shop.
Later, Raju lodged a complaint with Bagmara police.
Angered by the incident, Rentu threatened Raju and hired four people for killing him at a cost of Tk 30,000.
On March 15, 2010, the convicts stabbed Raju to death the in city’s New Market area. A case was filed the following day.
After examining the records and witnesses, Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Anup Kumar handed down the verdict and acquitted nine people as allegations brought against them could not be proved.