Abrar murder: 22 accused in court, security tightened...

Dhaka, Sunday   23 January 2022

Abrar murder: 22 accused in court, security tightened

 Staff Correspondent   daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:30 AM, 8 December 2021   Updated: 10:43 AM, 8 December 2021

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The judgment of a case lodged over the murder of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) student Abrar Fahad is scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday.

Earlier in the morning, 22 out of 25 accused have been brought to the jail of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court from Dhaka's Keraniganj Central Jail. They will be produced in the courtroom before the verdict is announced. 

The three other accused in the case are still absconding from the beginning. 

Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka is set to pronounce its judgment in the case. 

Meanwhile, strict security measures have been taken in the court premises of Old Dhaka and surrounding areas amid the verdict. Additional law enforcement personnel have been deployed.

Earlier, the tribunal was scheduled to deliver its judgement on November 28. However, the new date was fixed as the judgement was not readied. 

The tribunal on November 14 had set November 28 to pronounce the judgement in the case as both the prosecution and defence concluded their closing arguments on that day. The tribunal on September 8 had framed charges in the case afresh.

BUET students and the varsity authorities found the seemingly lifeless body of Abrar, 22, on first-floor stairs of Sher-e-Bangla Hall and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where doctors declared him dead at around 6.30 am on October 7, 2019.

He was brutally beaten to death by a couple of BUET students.

Abrar's father filed the case with Chawkbazar Police Station against 19. Police later included names of six others in the list of accused, after founding their involvement in the gruesome murder, in probe.

The total 25 accused in the case are - Mehedi Hasan Russel, Anik Sarker, Ifti Mosharraf Sakal, Md Mehedi Hasan Robin, Md Meftahul Islam Jeon, Muntassir Alam Jemmy, Khandaker Tabakkharul Islam Tanvir, Md Muzahidur Rahman, Muhtasim Fuad, Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Md Akash Hossain, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Md Mazedul Islam, Shamim Billah, Moaj Abu Hurayra and ASM Nazmus Sadat, Istiak Ahammed Munna, Amit Saha, Md Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan, Shamsul Arefin Rafat, SM Mahmud Setu, Morsheduzzaman Jisan, Ehteshamul Rabbi Tanim, Morshed Amatya Islam and Mostaba Rafid. Of these, Jisan, Rafid and Tanim are yet to be arrested and are being tried in absentia.