Abrar murder case: 20 to die, 5 get life term...

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Abrar murder case: 20 to die, 5 get life term

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:20 PM, 8 December 2021   Updated: 04:35 PM, 8 December 2021

Deceased Abrar Fahad and the 25 accused; Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Deceased Abrar Fahad and the 25 accused; Photo: Daily Bangladesh

A Dhaka court today has sentenced 20 ousted BUET students to death and five people to life imprisonment in the murder case of Abrar Fahad, a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

The court of Judge Abu Jafar Md. Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 handed over the verdict at noon on Wednesday.

SI Nipen Biswas, in-charge of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh.  

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 were produced in the courtroom at 11:40 am before the verdict is announced. 

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

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 also.

Earlier, the tribunal was scheduled to deliver its verdict on November 28. However, the new date was fixed on December 8 as the verdict was not readied. 

The tribunal on November 14 had set November 28 to pronounce the verdict 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 the 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 a 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 during the investigation.

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. 

Among these, Jisan, Rafid and Tanim are yet to be arrested and are being tried in absentia.