A court in Chattogram yesterday set March 27 to frame charges against three transport workers of Hanif Paribahan, in a case filed in connection with the killing of North South University student Saidur Rahman Payel, who was thrown into a canal after he was injured while getting back on a bus.
Abdul Halim, judge of Chattogram Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, set the date after issuing arrest warrants against the three transport workers in the case, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Advocate Ayub Khan.
The court also cancelled the bail of the three -- driver Jamal Hossain, supervisor Johny and helper Faisal Hossain, said the PP.
PP Ayub said earlier the trio secured bail from the High Court in the case, where the HC asked them to submit their bail bond in a trial court.
“They submitted bail bonds to the Speedy Trial Tribunal, but the court found those to be forged,” said the PP, adding that their bails were cancelled and arrest warrants were issued against them as a result.
Payel went missing while going to Dhaka from Chattogram on July 21 last year. His body was recovered from a canal under Bhaterchar Bridge in Gazaria upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway two days later.
Police arrested three employees of the bus, one of whom later confessed to a Munshiganj court, narrating the horrific incident of how Payel injured himself and fell unconscious while getting back on the bus on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway very late into the night, and the trio decided to throw his body into the canal instead of getting him medical help.
Payel's uncle filed the case with Gazaria Police Station. Police later pressed charges on October 24. Following an appeal by Payel's family, the case was shifted to Chattogram Speedy Trail Tribunal on December 24.