Avijit Murder Case: 2 witnesses testify | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 19, 2019

Avijit Murder Case: 2 witnesses testify

Prosecution witness Mohammad Salim yesterday told a Dhaka court that he saw two injured people lying on the ground while on his way to Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University on February 26, 2015.

Salim, who sells water at the gate area of Shahbagh Police Station, said he saw that the fingers of one injured had been cut off.

Another prosecution witness Md Nurul Islam, a constable of police, told the court that a police team led by Sub-inspector Subrata Haldar identified the corpse of Avijit Roy with the help of his [Avijit] relatives in the morgue of Dhaka Medical College on February 27, 2015.

Then Subrata made an inquest report and handed over Avijit’s dead body to his relatives, he said.

Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka recorded the duo’s statements in the writer-blogger Avijit Roy murder case.

Four accused -- Mozammel Hossain Saymon, Abu Siddiq Sohel, Arafat Rahman Siam and Shafiur Rahman Farabi -- were produced before the tribunal during yesterday’s hearing.

Two other accused -- Sayed Mohammad Ziaul Haque alias Maj (sacked) Zia and Akram Hossain Abir -- have been absconding since the murder.

Four prosecution witnesses have given their statements before the tribunal so far in the case.

On February 26, 2015, US-based Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy was murdered near the Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University by a gang of assailants in an attack that also left his wife severely wounded.

The victim’s father Prof Ajoy Roy, a former teacher of Dhaka University, filed the murder case accusing unidentified assailants with Shahbagh Police Station on February 27 that year.

Inspector Muhammad Monirul Islam of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of police submitted the charge sheet to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka on March 11 this year.

On August 1, the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka framed charges against six members of banned militant outfit Ansar al Islam.

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