A court in Dhaka today sentenced six people to death for the murder of a couple – a retired public primary school teacher and his wife – in an attempt to take over land in Sadar upazila from Tangail in 2017.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 handed down the sentence in the presence of the six defendants in court, said attorney Abu Abdullah Bhuiyan, prosecution attorney.
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The convicts are Swapon Kumar Das, Zahidul Islam, Forhad, Moniruzzaman Bhuiyan, Monzurul Uslam and Shayan Mia.
According to the prosecution, Swapon, who was a half-brother of victim Anil Kumar Das, hatched a plan to hijack Anil’s land ownership in collusion with the other five defendants.
On July 26, 2017, the six defendants killed Anil Kumar Das and his wife and hid the two bodies in a septic tank at the victims’ house.
After being informed, the police recovered the bodies.
The victims’ son, Nirmal Kumar Das, filed a complaint with the Tangail police station for the double murder of July 28, 2017.
Later, the case was transferred to Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 from Tangail for speedy elimination.
On September 17, 2018, the police filed a complaint against the six defendants in this case.
On August 7 of last year, the court laid charges against the six defendants.
Twenty-seven of the 35 prosecution witnesses to date have testified in the case.