4 JMB activists to die for killing Panchagarh priest

RU Correspondent | Published: 16:54, Mar 15,2020 | Updated: 01:27, Mar 16,2020


A Speedy Trial Tribunal in Rajshahi on Sunday handed down death sentences to four members of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh for killing a Hindu priest in Panchagar in 2016.

The Rajshahi Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal judge Anup Kumar delivered the verdict on Sunday noon in presence of the seven accused including three death-row convicts.

The death-row convicts are ‘Neo JMB leader’ Jahangir Hossain alias Rajib Gandhi, also a plotter of Holey Artisan Café attack, Alamgir Hossain, son of Rafiqul Islam, of Debgoan Kamatpara in Panchagar, Ramjan Ali, son of late Abul Khayer of Pradhanabad Masjidpara of Debigoan in Panchagar, Rajibul Islam Molla alias Badal alias Badhon, son of Mohammad Ali Mollah of Khudra Kustia under Shahjahanpur in Bogura.

Among the death-row convict, Rajibul Islam is absconding.

Public prosecutor Entazul Hauqe Babu told New Age that the tribunal also sentenced each of the four for five years and ten years imprisonment in two more cases filed under arms and explosives acts.

The tribunal also acquitted three other accused in the case — Harej Ali, Khalilur Rahman and Md Rana —as allegations brought against them were not proved, he said.

Earlier on February 21, 2016, Jogeshwar Roy, 55, the chief priest at Sri Sri Swanta Gouria Monastery, was slaughtered by a group of extremists, while he was conducting religious rites at the temple at Debiganj in Panchagarh. The attackers also opened fire on a devotee who went to his save the priest.

Islamic State group later in a statement had claimed responsibility of the attack.

Following the murder, Rabindranath Roy, elder brother of the victim, filed a case against ten people. Later, Debiganj police filed a case against same accused persons under the Explosive Substances Act.

The trial started in January, 2018 with Panchagarh District and Sessions Judge Court.

Later, the case was shifted to Rajshahi Speedy Tribunal.

Four of the ten accused, however, died in different gunfights with law enforcement agencies.

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