Government Policy

Hearing on appeal, death reference in 7-murder trial starts

DHAKA, May 22, 2017 (BSS) - The High Court today started hearing the appeals and death references in the case lodged over sensational seven-murder of Narayanganj in 2014.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam started hearing the matter as deputy attorney general MA Mannan Mohon started reading out the paper book.

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on May 17 assigned the High Court bench to hear the case as the around 6000-page paper book reached the apex court on May 7 after getting printed at the BG Press.

Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge court on January 16 sentenced 26 persons, including main accused Nur Hossain, dismissed RAB officials Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana to death in the sensational seven-murder case.

The court also sentenced nine other accused to different terms in jail.

All the documents of the case were sent to the High Court on January 22. The High Court on February 8 received the appeals of the convicts on February 8.

After that, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha ordered the department concerned of the High Court Division to prepare the paper book of the case on priority basis.

Narayanganj City Corporation councilor Nazrul Islam along with his three companions and driver were kidnapped by a team of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-11 on April 27 in 2014.

Besides, senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver Ibrahim were also picked up by the same team as they witnessed the abduction of Nazrul and his associates.

Subsequently bodies of all seven of them were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river.

Two cases were filed in this connection -- one by Nazrul's family and the other by Chandan's family.

Later, three RAB officials -- Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana - were sacked from the services for their alleged involvement in the abduction and killings.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)