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8 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Student murder case

Death penalty for two upheld

STAFF REPORTER

The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld the death sentences of two persons and life imprisonment for six others in the sensational student murder case. Kamrul Islam Momin, 22, a student of Dhaka Commerce College, was shot dead near his Ibrahimpur residence in the capital on September 13, 2005.

After hearing the death reference in the case and appeals filed by Habibur and Babu, an HC bench, comprising Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam, delivered the verdict.

The prime suspect and death row convict, the then officer-in-charge of Motijheel police station, AKM Rafiqul Islam, was exempted from the charge as he is dead. Rafiqul and the other two had been sentenced to death and the six imprisoned for life by a lower court.

The two death row convicts are Shakhawat Hossain Jewel and Tareq alias Zia. They are now on the run.

The six lifers are Monir Howlader, Hasibul Haque Johnny, Jafar Ahmed, Sharifuddin, Habibur Rahman Taj and Thoth Ucha Babu.

Among the six, Habibur and Babu are in jail and the others are absconding.

After the HC order, assistant attorney general Bashir Ahmed told reporters that the HC affirmed the conviction and sentences of the accused, as allegations brought against them for their involvement in the killing of Momin have been proved beyond reasonable doubt.

Momin's elder brother, Shamsul Islam Shumon, told the media that they were satisfied with the HC verdict. “We've got justice. We were deceived by the police administration. They were trying to influence the case in many ways. We are yet to get any help from them,” he said.

He also urged the government to implement the HC verdict after bringing the absconding convicts back to the country as early as possible.

A group of criminals shot Momin dead when he was on his way to college on September 13, 2005. He was a third-year student of the management department at Dhaka Commerce College and vice-president of the pro-JSD Chhatra League's Dhaka city unit.

On May 13, 2007 the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) had submitted the chargesheet, excluding Rafiq from the list of suspects.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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