Biswajit murder: HC fixes Aug 6 for verdict -The Asian Age

The High Court has fixed Aug 6 to give its decision on the Biswajit Das murder in Old Dhaka.

On Dec 9, 2012, Biswajit, who was tailor, was hacked to death by activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League or BCL near the Bahadur Shah Park during a strike called by the BNP-led 18-Party alliance.

The murder had put the ruling Awami League in a tight spot as all those accused belonged to the party’s student affiliate, BCL.

In December 2013, a Dhaka court convicted 21 persons, all of them Chhatra League activists, in the killing.

Eight persons were awarded the death penalty while 13 others got life imprisonment.

On Monday, a High Court bench scheduled the verdict after hearing the death references and appeals by the convicts.

Death sentences that trial courts issue are forwarded as death references to the High Court for approval.