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12:00 AM, November 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 20, 2019

Barguna Rifat Murder: Hearing on charge framing Jan 8

A Barguna juvenile court on Monday fixed January 8 for hearing on charge framing against 14 accused in the much-talked-about Rifat Sharif murder case.

Judge Md Hafizur Rahman of the court fixed the date after ending hearing from both state and defense sides.

Mojibur Haq Kislu, lawyer of the plaintiff, said the judge has re-fixed the date based on prayers submitted by both the state and defense sides in presence of all 14 juvenile accused in the court.

Earlier, police brought them from Jashore juvenile correction centre and produced them before the court.

During the hearing, the court also rejected bail prayers of Arian Hossen Shrabon, Abu Abdullah Rayhan, Syed Maruf Billah and Maruf Mallik and asked the authority to send all the accused to Jashore juvenile correction centre.

The juvenile accused are Rashidul Hasan Rishan Farajee, 17, Rakibul Hasan Rifat Hawlader, 15, Arian Hossen Shrabon, 16, Abu Abdullah Rayhan, 16,  Syed Maruf Billah, 17,  Maruf Mollik, 17, Oliullah, 16, Joy Chandra Sarker Chandon, 17, Md Nayeem, 17, Tanvir Hossain, 17,Rakibul Hasan Niamot, 15, Prince Mollah, 15, Nazmul Hasan, 14, and Ratul Sikder Joy, 16.

Of all the accused in the murder case, the 14 are now in Jashore juvenile correction centre, nine in Barguna jail and Aysha Siddika Minni, wife of slain Rifat Sharif, is now on bail.

On June 26, Rifat Sharif, 25, an internet service provider, was hacked to death in broad daylight in front of his wife Minni in Barguna town.

In a CCTV footage, Minni was seen screaming and trying to save her husband from the attackers.

Police arrested Minni on July 16. The following day, a Barguna court placed her on a five-day remand. Three days later, the court recorded her statement under section 164.

On August 29, the High Court granted bail to Minni on conditions that she cannot talk to media and she will remain in her father’s custody.

On September 1, police pressed charges against Minni and 23 others for their alleged involvement in the murder of Rifat Sharif.

The name of the prime accused Sabbir Hossain Nayan alias Nayan Bond has been excluded from the charges as he was killed in a “gunfight” on July 2, six days after the murder.

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