A court in Rangpur on Sunday sentenced seven members of banned extremist outfit Jamaatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh to death for killing Rhamat Ali, caretaker of a shrine at Kawnia, who was also a local Awami League leader.
Judge of Rangpur special judge court Naresh Chandra pronounced the verdict amid tight security in and around the court, also acquitting six others of the charge of the murder.
Six of the death row convicts Masud Rana, Liton Miah, Bijoy, Isahak Ali, Shakowat Hossain and Sorwar heard the verdict from the dock.
Another death sentence recipient Chandu Miah is still absconding and faced trial in absentia.
Of the convicts, Masud Rana, Isahaq Ali, Liton Miah and Sakhwat Hossain are also the convict in the case of killing foreign national Hoshi Kunio in Rangpur.
The six who were acquitted are Shahadat Hossain, Tawfiqul Islam, Abu Sayed, Rajib, Babul Akhter and Rajibul Islam.
Immediately after the verdict, defence lawyer Abul Hossain said his clients were dissatisfied with the verdict and would go to higher court to challenge the sentence.
The deceased’s son Shafiqul Islam told reporters that he was happy with the verdict and demanded execution of the sentence as soon as possible.
Public prosecutor of the court Rathis Chandra Bhowmik said 46 prosecution witnesses testified in favour of the charge.
The trial ended on March 4 . On November 10, 2015, JMB operatives murdered Rhamat Ali, 60, caretaker of a shrine by slitting his throat in Madhupur union under Kawnia upazila.
He was the president of AL Tepamadhupur union unit.
The deceased’s son Shafiqul Islam filed a case with Kawnia police.
Police placed charge sheet on July 3, 2016 accusing thirteen.
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