A Chapainawabganj court yesterday awarded five men with death penalty for raping and killing a girl in 2015.
The convicts are Nayan Karmokar Rabidas, 28, Proshanto Rabidas, 22, Nitai Chandra Rabidas, 25, Subhash Das, 42, and Proshanto Rabidas, 24, all hailing from the same district.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 Judge Shawkat Ali handed down the verdict after examining records and hearing fourteen witnesses.
The court also fined Tk 1 lakh to each of the convicts.
On June 14, 2015, police recovered the body of 20-year-old Ayesha Khatun from a ditch in Maharajpur area of the district’s Sadar upazila. After an autopsy was conducted on the body, the law enforcers found out that the girl was raped before being killed.
On August 15 of the same year, Shamim Aktar, sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station, filed a case against unnamed people, following which Inspector Sarwar Rahaman of the same station pressed charges against eight people on December 14 in the same year.
According to the charge sheet, Nayan developed a relation with Ayesha over the time. On June 13, 2015, he called the girl and raped her with others at night.
Later, they strangled her and dumped the body at the ditch, the charge sheet added.