A Tangail court on Wednesday started recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses in the case for rape and murder of law student Rupa Khatun in a running bus on August 25.
Judge Abul Mansur Miah of first additional district and sessions judge’s court in Tangail recorded the testimony of Madhupur police sub-inspector Aminul Islam, the plaintiff and investigation officer of the case, on Wednesday, the tribunal’s special public prosecutor Md Nasimul Akhter said.
The court also set Sunday for recording testimonies of four prosecution witnesses — Abul Hossain, Prabir M Kumar, Rahij Uddin and Abdur Rashid — and Monday for recording testimonies of another four — Lal Miah, Hasmat Ali, Abdur Rouf and Joynal Abedin.
On November 29, the court indicted five transport workers in the case after the police filed charge-sheet on October 15.
The five accused are bus helpers Shamim, 26, Akram, 35, and Jahangir, 20, driver Habibur, 45, and bus supervisor Safar Ali, 55.
On August 25, the police recovered an unidentified body of a woman near Tangail-Mymensingh road at Madhupur. Following an autopsy, the body was buried at the Tangail central graveyard the next day. A murder case was filed with Madhupur police the same day.
Seeing the news in the media, Rupa’s family members went to Madhupur police station on August 28 and identified her from photographs.
On the next day, law enforcers picked up five employees of the bus at Madhupur. The arrested, during interrogation, admitted their involvement in the crime, the police said.
The senior judicial magistrate’s court in Tangail on August 29 and 30 recorded their judicial statements and sent them to jail.
Following a court order, the police on August 31 exhumed Rupa’s body and handed it over to her family. The victim was later buried at her village in Sirajganj’s Tarash upazila.
Saiful Islam Khan, resident medical officer at Tangail General Hospital, submitted the autopsy report to the Tangail civil surgeon on September 12, mentioning that Rupa was raped before being murdered.