Biswajit Das Murder Case
Verdict pending with Appellate Div of SC
Published : Sunday, 25 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 903
Biswajit Das murder case is now awaiting final verdict of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
Biswajit, a 24 years old tailor was hacked to death by some members of the ruling party's student wing Chhatra League on December 9 in 2012 in the capital.
The trial court found all the 21 accused guilty on December 18 in 2013, sentencing eight to death penalty and 13 to life-term imprisonment.
Eight condemned were Rafiqul Islam Shakil, Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, Emdadul Haque Emdad, GM Rasheduzzaman Shaon, Md Saiful Islam, Qayum Mia Tipu, Rajon Talukdar and Noor-e-Alam Limon.
Convicts sentenced to life in prison were AHM Kibria, Saiful Islam Saiful, Golam Mustafa, Alauddin, Obaidul Quader Tahsin, Imran Hossain, Khandaker Md Yunus Ali, Tarique Bin Zohur, Azizur Rahman, A1 Amin Sheikh, Monirul Haque Pavel, Mosharraf Hossain and Kamrul Hasan. Of them, only Kibria and Mustafa are in jail.
Punishments of six were commuted to life in prison while the rest were set free. The two among those sentenced to life in prison appealed and got acquittal.
In its verdict on August 6, the HC had upheld the death sentence on two out of eight Bangladesh Chhatra League men, initially sentenced to hang by a lower court for killing Biswajit Das in Old Dhaka.
It had acquitted four of the total 21 accused in the case. The four are Saiful Islam Saiful, Kayyum Mia Tipu, Golam Mostafa and AHM Kibira. Saiful and Kayyum were acquitted from the death penalty, while two other were acquitted from life term imprisonment. The full verdict of the High Court in the much-talked-about case was published on October 30 of 2017.
In the morning of December 9 in 2012, a number of cocktails exploded in front of Bahadur Shah Park as the opposition 18-party alliance enforced a road blockade programme.
Hearing the sounds, BCL men of Jagannath University unit rushed to the spot wielding sticks and chased some people suspecting them to be pickets.
At one stage, they caught Bishwajit Das, 24, proprietor of Amantron Tailors in Shakharibazar area in Sutrapur, who was passing through the area. Bishwajit was rushed to Mitford Hospital in critical condition where he died later.
The court also acquitted two others who were given life imprisonment. But, no comments were made about 11 people who were given life imprisonment but did not appeal against the verdict.
Biswajit's elder brother Uttam Das said that it was really disappointing that the authorities failed to arrest those who went into hiding even five years after the murder.