Former Awami League lawmaker Amanur Rahman Khan Rana walked out of the Tangail District Jail yesterday after securing bail in a 2012 case over murders of two Jubo League activists.
The former lawmaker of Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency had been behind bars for the last three years.
The High Court had previously granted him bail in the case but was challenged by the state. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain scrapped the government’s appeal on Monday and upheld the HC order.
After getting out of jail, Rana left for Dhaka to pay tribute at the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Two activists -- Shamim and Mamun -- of Awami League’s youth wing Jubo League were killed on the orders of Rana and his brother Jahidur Rahman Khan Kakon in Tangail in July 2012, according to the case details.
Mamun’s father Abdul Aziz started the case at a Tangail court in July 2013 against 13 people, his lawyer Rusho Mostafa told this paper.
Police recorded the case in September that year and Amanur was shown arrested in May last year, he said.
Rana first landed in jail in September 2016 in the sensational Faruk Ahmed murder case.
The bullet-hit body of Freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed, also a leader of Tangail AL, was found near his house on January 18, 2013. Police found evidence of Rana’s involvement in the killing.
Rana was on the run for 22 months before surrendering to a Tangail court that sent him to jail.
In an order passed on April 1 this year, the High Court granted Rana bail in the case. The chief justice later cleared the way for Rana’s release by turning down the government’s plea against that HC order.
But Rana had to serve jail until yesterday over murders of the Jubo League men.