BANGLADESH: SIX SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING FOUR OF A FAMILY IN KURIGRAM
February 17, 2021:
Kurigram District and Sessions Judge Md Abdul Mannan on 16 February 2021 sentenced six people to death for killing four members of a family in 2014. (Source: bdnews24.com, 16/02/2021)
The case involves the killings of Sultan Mondal and three others of his family, all residents of Diadanga village, in January 2014.
Those sentenced to death by hanging are: Upazila’s Mantaz Uddin of Diadanga village, Nazrul Islam Monju, Amir Hossain, Zakir Hossain, Jalal Gazi and Azmat Ali Sheikh.
Of them, Gazi is on the run, while another defendant, Nainul Islam, was acquited. One of the convicts, Mantaz Uddin, is the elder brother of Sultan and they had had a land dispute for quite some time, leading to the mass killing, the case statement adds. Mantaz had hired the rest accused, according to the plaintiff.
Referring to the case dossier, Abraham Lincoln, a Kurigram public prosecutor, said Mantaz sneaked into the house of the victims and killed Sultan, nieces ‘Romana’ and ‘Anika’. Sultan’s wife Hazera Khatun, wounded in the attack, died on her way to the hospital.
Sultan’s son Hafizur Rahman filed a case with Bhurungamari police over the killings. The police later filed charges against seven people after their investigation.
Public prosecutor Lincoln said as many as 54 among 65 witnesses, including physicians, testified in the court. The evidence gathered against the accused unequivocally proved their guilt.
Lawyers Azizur Rahman Dulu, Monowarul Haque Alo, Ameer Ali, ATM Ershadul Haque Chowdhury Shahid and Asadul Haque argued for the accused.