A Dhaka court has sentenced seven people to death for murdering freedom fighter Atiq Ullah Chowdhury, former chairman of Konda union parishad in Dhaka's Keraniganj upazila.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 pronounced the verdict, reports Jago News.
The death row convicts are - Gulzar Hossain, Shampa, Ashiq, Shihab Ahmed alias Shibu, Ahsanul Kabir Emon, Tajul Islam Tanu, Jahangir Khan alias Jahangir and Rafiqul Islam alias Amin alias Tunda Amin.
Atiq Ullah Chowdhury went missing on 10 December in 2013. The next day, police recovered his mutilated body from the side of a hospital in the Doleshwar area of South Keraniganj, according to the case statement.
Later, Saidur Rahman Faruk Chowdhury, son of the deceased, identified the body and filed the case with South Keraniganj Police Station on 12 December the same year.
Among the accused, Shampa, Jahangir and Ahsanul Kabir are in jail. The court rejected their bail on 10 August and ordered them to be sent to the jail. The other accused are absconding.
After investigating the case, the police filed a chargesheet against eight accused on 31 January in 2015. Then on 2 July of the same year, the court framed charges against the accused people and ordered the trial to begin.
Later, on 10 September, the arguments of the state and the accused ended. During the trial, the court took the testimony of 11 out of 21 witnesses.