A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced 13 people to death in a case over the murder of a local Awami League leader in 2016.
The court also sentenced eight other accused to life imprisonment.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Jafar Kamruzzaman pronounced the judgment.
The condemned convicts are Basu Miah, Kabir Miah, Mokhles, Sachhu Miah, Jahangir Miah,Shahibur Rahman Shukki, Liakat Ali, Yunus Miah, Rahmat Ullah alias Fariaj Miah, Shithil Ahmed alias Fahim Ahmed, Saiful, Pavel and Ali Miah.
Among them, Fariaj, Shithil, Saiful, Pavel and Ali Miah were tried in absentia.
The lifers are Nurul Islam, Habibur Rahman, Russel, Maju Miah, Golap Miah, Sohel Miah, Shajahan and Borhan alias Ruhan. They were fined Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more rigorous imprisonment.
According to the case statement, on Nov 14, 2016, Zohirul Haque , a businessman and Natai Dakkhin Ward-5 Awami League (AL) general secretary, was returning home in Poyag from Paurtala bus stand in a CNG-run auto-rickshaw.
The convicts including Basu Mia, Habibur Rahman, Shahibur Rahman alias Shukki, Kabir Mia, Sachchu Mia, Mokhlech Mia, Ruhan alias Borhan, Shithil Ahmed alias Fahim Ahmed, Rahmat Ullah Fariyaz attacked Zohirul Haque on the way and stabbed him mercilessly
Locals caught two of them- Shithil and Fariyaz- and handed over to police.
Zahirul Haque died in the evening while undergoing treatment at a hospital.
Kabir Hossain, younger brother of the deceased, filed a murder case at Brahmanbaria Sadar Police Station in this regard.
The investigation officer of the case submitted a chargesheet against 21 accused.