The High Court Division on Thursday upheld death sentences of Tareq alias Zia and Shakhawat Hossain alias Jewel for murdering talented student and Chhatra League (JSD) leader Quamrul Islam Momin at Uttar Ibrahimpur in the capital on September 13, 2005.
The court abated murder charges against AKM Rafiqul Islam, the then officer-in-charge of Motijheel police station as he died in condemned cell on December 22, 2015 during pendency of his appeal with the High Court Division.
The trial court had handed death sentence to AKM Rafiqul Islam as the principal accused in the sensational murder case.
The High Court Division also upheld life term of six others, Habibur Rahman Taj, Babu, Monir Howlader, Hasibul Haq alias Jony, Md Jafor, and Md Sharif Uddin, for murdering Momin.
Only Habibur Rahman Taj and Babu better known as ‘Thotkata Babu’, both listed criminals, are in jail custody, assistant attorney general Bashir Ahmed told reporters.
Six other convicts are absconding, he said.
The verdict was delivered by a bench of Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam after hearing the death reference and appeals of two convicts in custody. In the observations, the bench said though the principal accused in the murder case OC Rafiq’s name was dropped by the police twice after as many investigations done by them.
Following a judicial probe, Rafiq’s name featured as an accused, said the bench.
Being influenced by OC Rafiq, said the court, the police did not properly probe into Momin murder. Disputes with OC Rafiq over construction of boundary wall of Momin’s parents’ house at Uttar Ibrahimpur, Kafrul caused the brutal murder of the talented student.
On July 20, 2011, the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 of Dhaka handed death sentence to OC Rafiq, and the two others, and jailed six others for life finding them guilty of murdering Momin, then a 3rd year BBA Honours student of Dhaka Commerce College.
Momin was shot dead when he was on his way to college.
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