Bishwajit murder case

Published:  02:25 AM, 18 July 2017

HC verdict on Aug 6

HC verdict on Aug 6 Alleged Chhatra League activists attacked Bishwajit Das in Old Dhaka on December 9, 2012. -File Photo

The High Court (HC) is scheduled to pass its verdict on Old Dhaka's Bishwajit Das's murder case on 6th August. This date was announced by the court on Monday after hearing on death reference and appeal from the convicts. Advocate Mansurul Haque Chowdhury pleaded for the convicts while Deputy Attorney General Najibur Rahman represented the plaintiff.

Old Dhaka's tailor Bishwajit Das was hacked to death allegedly by activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) near Bahadur Shah Park on 9 December 2012 while countrywide blockade by BNP-led 18 parties was going on. This incident triggered criticism from all corners of the country as the attackers were allegedly from the ruling party's student front.

Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of Fast Trial Tribunal 4 issued the verdict on this murder case on 18 December 2013 in which he handed down death penalty for eight accused while another thirteen accused were conferred life imprisonment.

Those who received death penalty are Rafiqul Islam Shakil, Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, Emdadul Haque Emdad, GM Rasheduzzaman Shawon, Saiful Islam, Quayum Miah, Rajon Talukder and Mir Nure Alam Limon. Those who received life imprisonment are Golam Mostafa, AHM Kibria, Yunus Ali, Tarik Bin Johor Tomal, Alauddin, Obaidur Kader Tahsin, Imran  Hossain, Azizur Rahman, Al Amin, Rafiqul Islam, Monirul Haque Pavel, Quamrul Hasan and Mosharraf Hossain.  Among the convicts Rajon, Limon, Yunus, Tomal, Alauddin, Tahsin, Imran, Aziz, Al Amin, Rafiqul, Pavel, Quamrul and Mosharraf were absconding when the lower court's verdict was issued.

Biswajit, 24, was hacked to death in public on his way to his tailoring shop.Taking him as a picketer, the BCL activists of Jagannath University unit allegedly swooped on him  and hacked him with machetes and beat him with iron rods and hockey sticks.

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