A court here yesterday sentenced two siblings to death and seven others to life term imprisonment in connection with a case for killing a rickshaw-puller in Islampur upazila in 2007.
The death sentence convicts, Bhuttu, then 30, and his elder brother Khalek, then 45, are sons of Budu, while the lifers are Samiul, then 30, Jahijal, then 30, Rashid, then 45, Md Kashi, then 50, Babul, then 25, Fulu Miah, then 30, and Bidyut, then 25. They all hail from Purbo Shashariabari village in Islampur upazila.
The court also fined the death row convicts Tk 50,000 and the lifers Tk 10,000 each.
According to the prosecution, Bhuttu and his friends had an altercation with their neighbour Russel over gambling in the area on December 26, 2007.
As a sequel, Bhuttu and his cohorts called Russel out of his house on the night of December 27, 2007, strangled him and dumped his body at a sugarcane field.