HAPPY OCCASION NOW SAD MEMORY: The picture of Chanpa Rani Bhowmik (centre) with her four daughters at their house in Modhukhali upazila under Faridpur district. The woman was killed by a stalker of her daughters for protesting the evil act on October 26 in 2010. FILE PHOTO: STAR
A court here yesterday sentenced a stalker to death for killing Chanpa Rani Bhowmik who protested sexual harassment of her daughters about four years ago.
District and Sessions Judge Md Anwarul Haque also fined Devashish Saha Rony Tk 10,000, said public prosecution (PP) Khosruzzaman Dulu.
Rony, who is on the run after getting bail from the High Court, used to tease the daughters of Chanpa Rani of Modhukhali area in the district.
Chanpa, 45, an employee of Faridpur Sugar Mill, was killed after she was run over by speeding motorbike of Rony on October 26, 2010 for protesting stalking of her two daughters.
Rony became angry when Chanpa called him and asked him not to disturb her daughters.
She also had warned Rony that she would inform police if he continued stalking any further, sources said.
A few days after the warning, Rony along with his accomplices pulled Chanpa down from a rickshaw before running over by his motorbike.
Following a murder case filed by Chanpa's brother Arun Kumar Bhowmik, police arrested prime accused Rony in Arabpur old bus stand area of Jhenidah town on October 31 on that same year and placed before a court.
During interrogation, Rony confessed to driving his motorbike over Chanpa but denied killing her willingly, said court sources.
Two other accused in the case -- Sanjay Biswas and Alamgir Hossain -- were acquitted of the charge as allegations brought against them were not proved.
Devashish Saha Rony
Police submitted charge sheet against three people, including Rony, before the court after investigation.
After examining the witnesses and evidence, the judge found Rony guilty and pronounced the verdict.
In an immediate reaction, Chanpa's husband Swapan Biswas expressed his satisfaction over the judgment but said that Rony might have fled the country.
Meanwhile, expressing her reaction, one of their four daughters said she was very doubtful about early execution of the verdict as Rony is still at large.
Contacted, Superintendent of Police Jamil Hasan said, police were still raiding different areas to arrest the convict.
However, locals expressed dismay as police failed to nab Rony in the last four years.