Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday submitted the charge sheet in a court here against 18 people, including five Awami League (AL) leaders, for killing Bhuapur upazila AL leader Rokibul Islam Farid in 2016.
Tangail DB Police Officer-in-Charge, also Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, Ashok Kumar Sinha submitted the charge sheet to the Judicial Magistrate's Court.
The charge sheeted accused are district AL member and Zila Parishad member Abdul Hamid Bhola, Bhuapur upazila AL Joint Convener Taherul Islam Tota, Aloa Union Parishad Chairman and union AL General Secretary Nurul Islam, former upazila Joint Secretary Syed Masudul Haque, UP member Mokbul Hossain Tarafdar and Nurul Islam's close aides Shawkat Hossain, Nasir Uddin, Rana, Mehedi Hasan, Lal Mahmud, Mainul Hossain, Sanwar Hossain Babu, Khokon Miah, Khalilur Rahman, Mamun Sarkar, Abdul Latif, Konik Hasan and Alamgir Hossain.
A separate charge sheet was pressed against under-aged Mainul Hossain, 16, for holding his trial in a juvenile court, the IO said.
The charge sheet mentioned that dispute between the party leaders who got posts and those who were deprived of posts in the new committee of the upazila unit, dispute over work contracts and also Farid's opposing Nurul Islam in the UP elections in 2016, were reasons behind the murder, he added.
Farid, former Bhuapur upazila unit AL organising secretary, went missing on the way to his house at Bharoi village on December 5, 2016. Police recovered his throat-slit body from a pond near his house on December 6.
Initially, Bhuapur police investigated the case but later the investigation was handed over to the district DB police.