Minu serves jail term of another for food: jail authority

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:22, Apr 01,2021


Minu, a mother of three children and a widow of cart puller Babul of Mainamati in Cumilla, has been serving jail of murder convict Kulsum Akhter of Lohagara in Chattogram for two years and nine months on a false promise made by a middleman of giving her foods to run his four-member family.

The High Court bench of judges M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur  Rahman is scheduled for today to hear her bail prayer sought by Supreme Court lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir on her behalf.

Minu of Jangle Salimpur village at Sitakunda in Chattogram had been living in a floating slum in the port city after the death of her husband in a road accident.

As the Chattogram Central Jail superintendent Shafiqul Islam Khan was informed on March 18 about Minu’s incident, he later on March 21 brought the incident to the notice of the court of Chattogram Metropolitan Sessions Judge Shariful Alam Bhuiyan to whom Minu on March 22 said that she was sent to the jail three years ago.

Minu told the court that one Marzina Begum took her to the court from her slum, saying that she would be given Dal-Bhat.

She said that Morzina assured her that she would be freed from the jail after a month but she had not been released yet.

The trial court referred Minu’s allegation to the High Court as Kulsum’s appeal was pending for hearing by the High Court bench of judges Mustafa Zaman Islam and Khandaker Diliruzzaman. 

On June 12, 2018, Minu surrendered to the trial court to serve the imprisonment of Kulsum and she was later sent to the jail. 

On November 30, 2017 the court of Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge of Chattogram sentenced Kulsum to life and fined her Tk 50,000, in default to suffer one more year in jail, for killing ready-made garments worker Kohinur Begum at Rahmatganj on July 9, 2006.

In 2019, Kulsum appealed challenging her sentence and conviction and the lower court sent the case record to the High Court on June 12, 2020 for hearing.

Kulsum was arrested on October 26, 2007 and she was released on bail after obtaining bail from the Chattogram Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court on February 18, 2009.

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