“Every day, I walk to Government City College’s gate and stand before my son’s [Sudipto] photo on the wall... I remove the dust from the photo with my hands. I feel like his image looks back at me and is trying to tell me something… An indescribable pain has been eating me up every waking moment since his death,” 68-year-old Meghnath Biswas, father of BCL leader Sudipto Biswas, lamented.
Sudipto was beaten to death in broad daylight on June 10, 2017.
The bereaved father has been waiting for justice for the last two and a half years since the murder while investigators have said they are close to wrapping up the investigation, identifying most of the killers including the mastermind.
Sudipto Biswas, student of City College and joint secretary of BCL’s Chattogram city unit, was brutally beaten to death by a group rival BCL and Jubo League men on the road near his house in port city’s Nalapara area over political rivalry.
The murder case is being investigated by Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) of Chattogram Metro unit. PBI arrested six persons including AL’s Lalkhan Bazar ward unit general secretary Didarul Alam Masum. Earlier, DB police investigated the case.
Investigators said Masum plotted the murder and asked his associates to execute it. So far 17 accused have been arrested while seven CNG-run auto-rickshaws were seized and one motorbike was recovered, which were used in the murder.
Talking to The Daily Star, Meghnath Biswas said, “My son was murdered in the same way as Buet student Abrar and Rifat… The trial of the cases [Abrar and Rifat] have already began but the case over Sudipto’s murder is still being investigated.”
“I just want to see my son’s killers facing trial and demand justice through a fair probe, nothing else,” he added.
He also said, “I’m a humble private tutor but the accused are influential… I’m being pressured over the case through many ways, but I won’t back down.”
“I don’t know how long I have to wait. I pray that I can get justice before my death,” said the teacher in a choked voice.
Asked, Inspector Sontosh Kumar Chakma who is also the case’s investigating officer, said, “We have identified most of the killers, including the mastermind, and our investigation is now in the last stage.”
“We seized all the CNG-run auto rickshaws which were used by the killers and two CNG drivers have testified before magistrates -- giving their confessional statements in the case,” he said.
The PBI official said, “Conducting forensic examination of the mobile phone of an accused Khair, who was directly involved in the killing, PBI came across a conversation in which he narrated details of the murder to a friend after the crime.”
“Apart from that police also recovered a video clip of the murder, filmed by another accused Sattar,” said PBI official Sontosh.
“Accused Mizan and Sattar gave confessional statements where they named Masum as the mastermind,” he said.
Inspector Sontosh said around 50 to 60 youths -- dividing into several groups -- took part in the killing. “Charge sheet of the sensational murder case will be submitted within very short time,” said the IO.