The High Court has set August 6 for giving verdict on 21 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), who were given separate punishments by the lower court for hacking Biswajit Das, a tailor from Old Dhaka, to death.
High Court set the date after going through the death reference set by the lower court and hearing the appeal from the accused.
Deputy Attorney General Nazibur Rahman stood for the state in court, and advocate Mansurul Haque Chowdhury stood for the accused.
On December 9, 2012, when BNP and its 18 party alliance were enforcing strikes, a procession brought out by Jagannat University BCL unit had hacked and beaten Biswajit to death.
The reports and pictures of the hacking spread on social media. The government had to face severe criticism from the opposition as all the accused were from the ruling Awami League’s student wing.
On December 18, 2013, Justice ABM Nizamul Haque of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 passed the order against the 21 accused in the case. Of them, 8 were given death sentences, and the rest 13 were given life imprisonment.
Lifers were ordered to pay Tk.20 thousand in fines each, which in default would lead to additional 1 year rigorous imprisonment. Other than that, the 13 were also given additional six months imprisonment and Tk.500 fine as the accusation of unpermitted gatherings were proved against them.
Rafiqul Islam Shakil, Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, Emdadul Haque Emdad, GM Rasheduzzaman Shaon, Saiful Islam, Kayum Miah, Rajon Talukder and Mir Mure Alam Limon are the 8 that were given death sentences by the court.
Golam Mostafa, AHM Kibria, Yunus Ali, Tarique Bin Johar Tamal, Alauddin, Obaydul Quader Tahsin, Imran Hossain, Azizur Rahman, Al Amin, Rafiqul Islam, Monirul Haque Pavel, Kamrul Hasan and Mosharrof Hossain are the 13 given life imprisonment sentences.
Death row convicts Rajon and Limon, and lifers Yunus, Tamal, Alauddin, Tahsin, Imran, Aziz, Al Amin, Rafiqul, Pavel, Kamrul and Mosharraf were absconding during the lower court verdict.