Blogger Ananta Killing

Only 16 out of 29 witnesses testify in five years

Zaman Monir . Sylhet | Published: 01:48, Feb 11,2021


The Anti-Terrorism Tribunal, Sylhet, on Wednesday testified two prosecution witnesses in blogger Ananta Bijoy Das murder case raising the number of testifying witnesses to 16 out of 29 in 5 years of the beginning of the trial.

The plaintiff’s counsel, Mohammed Monir Uddin, said that the tribunal judge, Md Nurul Amin Biplob, testified a magistrate and a banker at noon as prosecution witnesses.

‘Judicial magistrate Anwarul Haque was testified as he had recorded the confessional statement of suspect Mannan Rahi and senior banker Sirajul Haque Chowdhury was also testified since the police had seized a computer and several books from the house of Bijoy in his presence after the murder,’ the lawyer said.  

He said that only 16 out of 29 prosecution witnesses in the case have been testified so far as the court had to defer frequently the recording of witness testimonies in the case.

Ananta, a banker and an activist of Muktamona Blogs and organiser of Sylhet unit Ganajagaran Mancha, was hacked to death by a group of masked youths near his residence at Nurani Residential Area at Subidbazar in the city on May 12, 2015. 

His elder brother Ratneswar Dash filed a murder case with the Jalalabad police in that night against four persons.

Criminal Investigation Department inspector Arman Ali, also investigation officer in the case, submitted a supplementary charge sheet to the court on February 5 in 2017 against 6 accused.

Abul Hossain, 25, Faysal Ahmad, 27, Mamunur Rashid, 25, Mannan Yahiya alias Mannan Rahi alias Mayeen, 24, Abul Khayer Rashid Ahmad, 25, and Shafiur Rahman Farabi, 30, are the charge sheeted accused.

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