|The owner of a shop is seen talking on his mobile phone at Purana Paltan in Dhaka on January 8, 2016.|
A Khulna court on November 8 convicted two people and sentenced them to death in the case over the killing of 12-year- old boy Rakib.
The convicts are M Omar Sharif and Mintu Khan.
Khulna Metropolitan (City) Sessions Judges Court acting Judge Dilruba Sultana gave this verdict at around 12.50pm when the accused were produced before the court in the morning.
The court also acquitted Beauty Begum as the allegation brought against her could not be proved.
Earlier, on November 1, a Khulna court had fixed November 8 to pass the judgment on the much-talked about Rakib murder case.
After hearing the judgment, Rakib’s mother became unconscious. “The departed soul of Rakib will get peace when the verdict would be executed”, said Rakib’s father Nur Alam Hawlader in his reaction following the verdict.
A total of 38 prosecution witnesses, out of 40 of the murder case, were placed for arguments in the Rakib murder case that began from October 11 in the presence of 3 accused.
On August 3, Rakib, who used to work at a motorcycle garage at Tutpara Central Road in Khulna city, was tortured to death allegedly by his former employer over quitting job. On August 4, Nur Alam Hawladar, victim’s father, filed a case with Khulna Sadar Police Station against three people-M Omar Sharif, Mintu and Beauty Begum—after the brutal killing.
On August 25, Sub-Inspector Mostafa Ahmed, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted charge sheet against the three accused. The metropolitan magistrate had accepted the charge-sheet and immediately transferred the case to the Khulna Metropolitan and Sessions Judge court.
On October 5, the charge on the Rakib murder case was framed.
On October 28, the allegation was read out in the presence of the accused, but the accused of the murder case had claimed themselves innocent.
“It is the first ever judgment in the history of Bangladesh as the trial has been completed within three months and five days only”, said Prosecution Lawyer Sultana Rahman Shilpi in his reaction about the verdict.
Expressing her satisfaction over the judgment, Shilpi said the verdict would bring more confidence of the people on the judicial system of the country. “The trial has proved that the criminals would not go away after committing the crime”, said prosecution lawyer Advocate Mominul Islam also a coordinator of Manobadikar Bastabayan Sangstha of Khulna branch.
On August 3, 2015, a 12-year-old boy Rakib, son of Nur Alam Hawlader of Tutpara Central Road area, was brutally tortured to death by pumping air from a compressor into his abdomen through his anus. Rakib was working at a motorcycle garage in Tutpara graveyard area of the Khulna Metropolitan city. (Source: BSS, November 08, 2015)