Six people were sentenced to death in two sensational cases filed over the killing of teenage boy Samiul Alam Rajon in Sylhet and 12-year-old boy Rakib in Khulna after inhuman torture.A Sylhet court sentenced four people to death, one to life term imprisonment, three others to seven years’ jail and two others to one-year imprisonment each in the case filed for torturing Rajon to death over a ‘theft’ at Sundar Ali Market in Kumargaon area of the city on July 8.
The condemned convicts are Kamrul Islam, 24, son of late Abdul Malek of Sheikhpara village in Sadar upazila, Moyna Miah alias Bara Moyna, 45, Tajuddin Aham alias Badal, 28, and Zakir Hossain Pavel (fugitive). The lifer is Nur Ahmed alias Nur Miah.
Besides, Kamrul’s two brothers — Muhit Alam and Ali Haidar alias Ali — and Shamim Ahmed (fugitive) were awarded seven years’ imprisonment while Ayez Ali and Dulal one year.
After examining records and witnesses, Sylhet Metropolitan Session’s Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha pronounced the verdict in the much-discussed case at 12:50 pm in a crowded courtroom.
The court also fined the convicts Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer to three months more RI.
The court also acquitted three accused — Firoz Miah, Asmot Ali alias Asmot Ullah and Ruhul Amin alias Ruhel — as allegations brought against them were not proved.
A total of 36 witnesses gave their deposition before the court from October 1 till October 18 in the murder case. On October 15, fugitive accused Kamrul was brought home from Saudi Arabia.
The killers themselves took the video footage of the killing incident. The video clip went viral on social networking site Facebook and video-sharing site Youtube which triggered a widespread outcry.
Expressing satisfaction over the death sentence against the accused, Rajon’s father Sheikh Azizur Alam said, “I’m very happy over this judgment and justice has been established through the verdict. I’ll be happier after their execution.”
Meanwhile, acting Judge of Khulna Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court Dilruba Sultana sentenced two people to death in the case over the killing of 12-year-old boy Rakib, acquitting another accused, Beauty Begum.
The condemned convicts are M Omar Sharif and Mintu Khan.
On August 3, Rakib, who used to work at a motorcycle garage at Tutpara Central Road in Khulna city, was tortured to death by his former employer over quitting job.
Alam Haldar, victim’s father, filed a case with Sadar Police Station against three people—M Omar Sharif, Mintu and Beauty Begum — after the brutal killing.
Later, Mintu Khan, a so-called uncle of M Omar Sharif, the prime accused in the Rakib killing case, confessed to the killing before a local court on August 13, while Sharif made his confessional statement on August 12 and his mother Beauty Begum, also an accused in the case, admitted her involvement in the incident on August 6.
On August 25, Kazi Mostak Ahmed, sub-inspector and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted charge sheet against the three accused.