4 get death for Rajan 2 for Rakib murder

rakib_rajon_Daily_Dhaka_TimesDaily Dhaka Times: Four persons have been given death sentences in Sylhet boy Samiul Alam Rajan’s murder case.

The court of Sylhet’s Session Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha concluded the proceedings on Oct 27 butkept its verdict pending.

Witness depositions had begun on Oct 1. The court heard the testimonies of 36 out of the 38 witnesses.

Fresh depositions of 11 witnesses followed a plea by prime suspect Kamrul Islam.

Islam fled to Saudi Arabia after the incident, but was later captured by local police and placed in custody of the Bangladesh embassy.

He was brought back to Dhaka on Oct 15 and was sent to jail by court the next day.

On Jul 8 this year, 13-year-old Rajan was accused of theft and beaten to death.

Police pressed charges against 13 people for the gruesome killing, a mobile-phone video of which went viral on the social media.

The trial started on Sep 22, after the court indicted the 13 for Rajan’s murder, which had shocked the nation.

Police arrested 11 people, including prime suspect Kamrul Islam’s brothers Muhith Alam and Ali Haider.

Other site two people have been given death sentences for the murder of 12-year-old boy Rakib Hawlader in Khulna in August this year.

Acting judge of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court Dilruba Sultana had kept the verdict pending after arguments ended on Nov 1.

The three accused, Omar Sharif, his mother Beauty Begum, and his uncle Mintu Mia were at court on Sunday to hear the verdict.

Sharif and Mia were handed death sentences, while Begum was acquitted.

On Aug 3, Sharif and Mia, Rakib’s former employers, had inserted a high-pressure air pump nozzle into the child’s rectum and filled his body with air at Sharif’s motorcycle repair workshop in Tutparha.

The high air pressure tore the boy’s intestines, rectum and bladder causing profuse internal bleeding in the stomach.

Rakib later died at Khulna Medical College Hospital. Begum was present at the time of the atrocity.

Locals had caught the trio right after Rakib’s death. The boy’s father, Nur Alam Hawlader, lodged the murder case against them at Khulna Sadar Police Station the next day.

Case investigating officer Sub-Inspector Kazi Mostak Ahmed filed the chargesheet on Aug 25 and the trial began on Oct 5.

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