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12:00 AM, October 09, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:21 AM, October 09, 2020

BCL Leader Sudipto Murder: No charge sheet in three years

Three years have passed since BCL leader of Chattogram city unit Sudipto Biswas was brutally killed, his family still awaits justice.

Sudipto, a master's student of Government City College and an assistant general secretary of the city unit of BCL, was beaten to death in front of his house in port city's Sadarghat area on October 6, 2017.

According to police and family, a group of people arrived in the area by eight to nine auto-rickshaws and motorbikes and murdered Sudipto.

Sudipto's father Meghnath Biswas filed a case with Sadarghat Police Station accusing seven to eight unknown persons that day. Later, the case was transferred to Police Bureau of Investigation, who are yet to submit a charge sheet.

PBI sources said police arrested 18 people, mostly BCL activists, in the case. Of them, 16 are now on bail.

Sudipto's peers and followers alleged that Didarul Alam Masum, a former BCL leader of the college and general secretary of Lalkhan Bazar ward unit of Awami League, plotted the killing.

Masum, however, denied the allegation, claiming that it's a "conspiracy" against him by his rivals.

Sudipto's father, who retired from a primary school as a headteacher seven years ago, recently told The Daily Star that all he wants is justice. "PBI has been assuring us of submitting a charge sheet for a long time, but to no avail," he added.  According to a number of BCL leaders and investigators, Sudipto was vocal against "misconducts" in student organisations and wanted an end to it.

On Facebook, he often criticised senior leaders known as "big brothers" and such outspokenness may have led to his murder, they said. Two days before his murder, he wrote that a leader is nothing without his/her activists and activists should revolt to achieve something.

Nurul Azim Roni, former general secretary of Chattogram city unit of BCL, alleged that law enforcers are "wasting time". They have enough evidence -- including CCTV footage -- to submit the charge sheet, he claimed.

Asked, PBI Inspector Santosh Kumar Chakma, the case's investigation officer, said they got all the relevant CCTV, audio and video footage, and seized seven auto-rickshaws and a motorbike.

"The investigation is at final stage. I'm waiting for a court order to verify Facebook profile of an accused. The court fixed October 12 for the hearing. I think, I would be able to file the charge sheet this month," said Santosh.

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