24 indicted in BCL leader Sudipto murder case
A court in Chattogram yesterday framed charges against 24 people, including a ruling Awami League leader, in the murder case of BCL leader Sudipto Biswas, who was beaten to death in the port city in 2017.
Md Amirul Islam, Chattogram's 2nd Additional Metropolitan Session judge, also fixed October 30 for recording deposition of witnesses, said Public Prosecutor Fakhruddin Chowdhury.
Through framing the charges, trial of the murder case began after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) press charges 19 months ago accusing Chhatra League and AL activists.
Hearing on charge framing had been deferred six times.
PP Fakhruddin said, "As per the law, the court read out the charges to the accused during the hearing. The accused pleaded not guilty."
Court sources said the 24 accused are on bail and 23 were present in the court yesterday. As accused Abu Jihad was absent, the court cancelled his bail and issued an arrest warrant for him.
The other accused are: Moktar Hossain, Amir Hossen, Khairul Nur Islam, Faisal Ahmed Pappu, Rubel Kanti Dey, Salauddin Lavlu, Rajibul Islam, Mamunur Rahman Rabbi, Ibrahim Khalil, Ainul Kader Chowdhury, Jahidur Rahman, Jiaul Haque, Nizam Uddin, Mainuddin Hanif, Mizanur Rahman, Didarul Alam Masum, Md Shamim, Mozammel Haque Murad, Md Mamun, Tipu Sultan, Niaz Morshed Nipu, Amzad Hossain and Abdul Rab Nowshad.
Of them, Didarul is the general secretary of Lalkhan Bazar ward unit AL, while others are activists of BCL, and Jubo League.
In the charge sheet, PBI mentioned that Didarul ordered his men to kill Sudipto over political rivalry while Nipu led the attack on him.
Sudipto, a master's student of Government City College and an assistant general secretary of the city unit Chhatra League, was beaten to death in front of his house in Sadarghat area on October 6, 2017.
Sudipto's father Meghnath Biswas filed a case with Sadarghat Police Station accusing seven to eight unknown people on that day. After probe, PBI pressed charges against the 24 on February 9, 2021.
Meghnath told The Daily Star yesterday, "I'm happy that the court framed charges after a long time. The accused are powerful and wealthy."
"I'm a just a teacher. My financial condition is not good. I had to struggle to hire a lawyer. I want everybody's cooperation so that my son gets justice," he said in an emotion-choked voice.