A Gaibandha court yesterday sentenced Ex-Jatiya Party MP Abdul Quader Khan to life imprisonment in an arms case filed over the killing of Gaibandha-1 MP Manjurul Islam Liton. District and Session's Judge Dilip Kumar Bhowmik handed down the verdict after examining records and witnesses. Quader Khan was standing in the dock during the verdict.
Three weapons were used in the killing of MP Liton, said Shafiqul Islam, the public prosecutor of the case. Manjurul Islam Liton was shot at point blank range by miscreants at his village home at Masterpara in Bamandanga union of Sundarganj upazila under the district on December 31, 2016.
He was taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead. On February 21, 2017, detectives arrested Abdul Quader Khan, former MP from the same constituency, from his residence at Rahman Nagar Ziladarpara in Bogura district town. On February 26 of the year, he gave a confessional statement before the court under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
According to the case statement, Khan, a retired army officer had masterminded the killing 'to clear his path for election.' Based on the information, police conducted a raid on his house at Pashchim Chhaparhati village in Sundarganj upazila and seized a pistol, a magazine and six bullets.
Quader Khan had given the killers Tk 300,000 initially and promised to give them more once he becomes an MP again, said police. Liton's sister Tahmida Bulbul started the case against five unidentified men, including Quader Khan.
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