Security has been beefed up in Barguna town ahead of the verdict in Rifat Sharif murder case today.
Additional police personnel have been deployed in and around the court premises while a number of check-post were set up at different points.
The movement of pedestrians around the court is also being restricted.
Rifat’s wife Aysha Siddika Minni went to the court around 9am.
On September 16, District and Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman fixed September 30 for delivering verdict in the murder case.
Rifat, 22, son of Dulal Sharif, was hacked to death in broad daylight in the district town on June 26 last year.
He was attacked near the main gate of Barguna Government College. Surveillance camera footage showed his wife Minni apparently trying to save him.
Twenty-four people were accused in the murder case filed by Rifat’s father. Minni, initially named as a witness, was later arrested on July 16 last year and made an accused.
Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, the main accused, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police on July 2.
A Barguna court on January 1 indicted Minni and nine others for Rifat’s murder.
District and Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman framed charges.
The other accused are – Rakibul Hasan Rifat Farazi, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Akon, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy, 22, Md Hasan, 19, Md Musa, 22, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagor, 19, Kamrul Islam Saimun, 21.
The High Court on August 29 last year granted bail to Minni on condition that she would remain in her father’s custody and refrain from talking to the media.
Meanwhile, 14 other underage accused are being tried separately at a juvenile court over Rifat’s murder.
Source: United News of Bangladesh