Mom of slain son Tariqul, Mosammat Rahima Khatun, 55, of Jessore, has been hiding at a house in the capital for three and half years out of fears that she too would be murdered by 11 murder suspects, now free on bails.
Rahima from Bokchar Hustola, Jessore Sadar, filed a case accusing that neighbours Rahim and Alif slaughtered her 25-year old son Tariqul Islam, at the Club Road, Jessore town on October 20, 2014 after picking him up on their motorbike from her house. Her son was a Hafez-e- Quran.
She stated in the case that her son was murdered in a sequel to exchange of blows between him and Rahim over feeding destitute people on August 15.
In the case she stated that they murdered her son with eight other accomplices.
After investigations the police submitted chargesheet against11 accused, 10 adults and a minor.
Rahima told New Age on the Supreme Court premises that she had been hiding in the capital fearing that the accused being influential persons might kill her.
Once they attempted to murder her in the premises of a court in Jessore, she said.
She said that after her two-day hunger strike in front the National Press Club to press the demand of bringing her son’s murderers to book, two journalists from Jatrabari, Maksud Alam Chowdhury and Shyamoli, took her to their homes.
She said that she works as domestic help at the two neighbours’ homes and takes no wage and lives at Shyamoli’s house for her safety.
She also pursues an application she had filed in the High Court Division seeking setting aside bails granted to the 11 accused by the trial court in Jessore.
In the same application she also challenged the trial court’s order showing principal accused Rahim Uddin as minor.
Rahim, who is between 19 and 20, according to radiologist’s report appears in the charge sheet as adult.
Her lawyer Md Eunus Ali Akond told New Age that a High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman rejected Rahima’s application and cleared the way for a juvenile court in Jessore to resume Rahim’s trial as a minor.
Rahima told New Age that her application was rejected by the HC as her lawyer did not submit to the bench the medical report from the radiologist and the Jessore Juvenile Development Centre’s report though both the reports state that Rahim ‘is an adult’.
She said that the Jessore Juvenile Development Centre submitted its report to the juvenile court with an order to shift Rahim to the jail from the custody of the Jessore Juvenile Development Centre as he was adult according to his Primary School Completion Examination certificate and his birth registration certificate.
No medical report was attached with Rahima’s appeal, deputy attorney general Farhad Ahmed told New Age.
Now Eunus Ali Akond is pressing Rahima to appeal in the Appellate Division against the HC order.
Rahima said that she paid Eunus over Tk 50,000 after earning the money as a street beggar.
She said that she was convinced that she could win if she appealed but she no more trusts Eunus Akond as a lawyer.
Rahima said that her husband Mozahar Ali Khan was a guard at Jessore Cantonment and that he died 25 years ago when she was carrying her only son.
She said after her husband’s death she sold clothes door to door to support herself and her son.
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