A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four youths to life for killing a college student of Madaripur Government Nazimuddin University College in March 2013.
Md Wahiduzzaman, a final year post-graduate student of the college and also a student of Madaripur Bangabandhu Law College, was called out of his residence by a group of his friends and strangled in Singair upazila of Manikganj on March 6, 2013.
The convicts are Lenin Bepari, Shahbuddin Dorji, Rezaul Bepari and MM Faisal Ahmed. Of them, Rezaul was absent during the delivery of the judgment.
Judge Md Monir Kamal of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 of Dhaka handed down the sentence.
The punishment of the fugitive will be effective from the day of his arrest or surrender. The judge also fined each of them Tk 20,000, in default of which they will have to serve two more months in jail.
The tribunal acquitted Mohiuddin Dorji as the charges brought against him was not proved.
Earlier the prosecution and the defence completed their arguments and the court recorded statements of 22 prosecution witnesses including complainant of the case.
According to the prosecution, it was alleged that Rezaul had an affair with a woman who later married Wahid. Rezaul could not accept it and planned to murder Wahid. Moreover, Wahid gave Tk 10 lakh for sending him to Italy. In line with the plan, Rezaul and others took Wahid to Singair and strangled him.
Police recovered Wahid’s body from a field and filed a murder case with Singair Police Station.
Police then arrested four of the accused, of which three gave confessional statements before magistrates on different dates.
After an investigation, detectives pressed charges against them on November 22, 2014.