A Chapainawabganj court awarded death sentence to nine and life term imprisonment to two people yesterday over the murder of a leader of Sonamasjid Land Port Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association.
After examining records and hearing 23 witnesses,
Additional District and Sessions Judge Shawkat Ali announced the verdict in the case filed in 2014.
Akhirul Islam, president of Sonamasjid Land Port Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association, and eight others -- Sirajul Islam, Tohurul Islam, Abdul Malek, Sirajul Islam Sentu, Sirajul Islam, Shariful Islam, Md Masud, and Abdus Salam -- were given death penalty.
Each convict was also fined Tk 200,000 by the court.
Those facing life term are Masud alias Lal Chan and Parul Begum, who, for default of fine, will have to spend one more year in jail.
Md Masud, Abdus Salam, and Parul Begum are absconding.
The court acquitted four people -- Selim Reza, Benaul Islam, Khairul Islam, and Obaidur Rahman.
According to the case statement, Monirul Islam, a treasurer of Sonamasjid land port in Shibganj upazila was picked up from his home in Shialmara village on October 24, 2014. Akhirul and his men shot Monirul dead near Shibganj Stadium.
Monirul’s wife Rahima Begum filed the case with Shibganj police the next day. Quoting her, police earlier told this paper that Monirul was killed by his rivals over misappropriation of the association’s fund.
Motiur Rahman Siddiqui, assistant superintendent of police of Chapainawabganj Sadar circle, pressed charges against 15 people on June 15, 2015.