A Tangail court on Monday sentenced four people to death in a case filed over the gruesome murder of law student Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape on a running bus in August last year.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain Miah delivered the verdict in a crowded courtroom. The convicts are - bus driver Habibur and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.
Besides, bus supervisor Safar Ali was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined Tk 1 lakh. According to the prosecution, Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang rape on a running bus on her way to Mymensingh from Bogra.
Police recovered the bloodstained body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night. Following post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, victim's relatives identified her seeing her photograph. On August 28, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh in this connection.
On August 31, police exhumed the body of Rupa and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner. On October 25 last, the court accepted chargesheet against the accused -- bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir -- in the case.
On January 23, the court concluded the recording of depositions of witnesses in the case when 27 witnesses out of total 32 testified before the court.
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