Attempt to murder Zafar Iqbal: One gets life, 4 acquitted...

Attempt to murder Zafar Iqbal: One gets life, 4 acquitted

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:11 PM, 26 April 2022   Updated: 04:06 PM, 26 April 2022

Writer, academician Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal; File Photo

Writer, academician Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal; File Photo

A Dhaka court today has sentenced life imprisonment to one for attempting murder to writer and academician Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal. Another was sentenced to four years in prison. The court acquitted the remaining four accused.

Sylhet Divisional Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Judge Nurul Amin Biplob handed over the verdict on Tuesday.

According to court sources, the attacker Faizul Hasan Fayez has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Besides, he was fined Tk 30,000 and will have to suffer another six months in jail for non-payment. Faizul’s friend Sohag Mia was also sentenced to four years in prison and fined Tk 5,000. He will have to spend another three months in jail for non-payment.

Fayez, son of Maulana Atiqur Rahman of Kaliakapan village under Dirai police station in Sunamganj and His friend Sohag, son of Sadekur Rahman of Umednagar village of the same police station.

The Anti-Terrorism Tribunal has acquitted the remaining four of the six accused in the case. The four are — Fayez’s father Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, uncle Fazlul Haque and brother Enamul Hasan.

Special Public Prosecutor (PP) of the Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Mominur Rahman Titu said the next decision would be taken after seeing a copy of the verdict. “The decision on whether to appeal against the four acquitted persons would be taken after looking at the copy of the verdict,” he also said.

Advocate Motahar Ali was the lawyer for the accused in the case. He also said the next decision will be taken after receiving the copy of the verdict. 

Besides, the plaintiff in the case, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Registrar Muhammad Ishfaqul Hossain said the next step would be taken in consultation with the university administration.

Judge Nurul Amin Biplob of the Sylhet Divisional Anti-Terrorism Tribunal set April 26 for the verdict on March 22 after the arguments of both the parties. The accused were produced in the court at around 12 pm on Tuesday amid tight security.

The testimony in this sensational case was completed on March 10. Out of a total of 56 witnesses in this case, 35 testified. Later, arguments were presented on March 21-22. The other five accused in the case, except Fayez, were out on bail. On the day of presenting the arguments, the judge directed to send them to jail.

During a program on the open stage of SUST Campus on the afternoon of March 3, 2018, Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was attacked. 

Madrasa student Fayez stabbed Zafar Iqbal in the head and neck with a knife. The students and teachers present at the time handed over the assailant to the law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, Zafar Iqbal was rushed to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in the city and later to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.

After the incident, SUST registrar Ishfaqul Hossain filed a case with the Jalalabad police in an anti-terrorism act. On July 16, 2018, the investigating officer of the case, Shafiqul Islam, the then Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Jalalabad Police Station, filed a chargesheet against Fayez and six others. The trial began on October 4 of the same year with the formation of charges against the accused.