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18 Biswajit, Jubair murder convicts still fugitives

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18 Biswajit, Jubair murder convicts still fugitives

The law-enforcing agencies still could not arrest the 18 fugitive Biswajit and Jubair murder convicts long after delivery of the verdicts in the two sensational murder cases. They include six sentenced to death and 12 sentenced to life-term imprisonment.

After the delivery of verdicts, arrest warrants were issued against them. But in the absence of their arrest the verdicts could not be implemented. On the other hand, the families of the killed were suffering from frustration as the convicts could not be arrested.

Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu told The Report, “The court issued the arrest warrants against the fugitive convicts after delivery of the verdicts in the two cases. The police are active about arrest of the convicts. But the police need to be more active to arrest them. If they are more active, it will be possible for them to arrest the fugitives.”

Murdered Biswajit’s brother Uttam Kumar Das told The Report, “There is nothing impossible for the police. If the police are active to some extent, they will be able to arrest them. We want punishment to the murderers of my brother. I urge the government to arrest the convicts as soon as possible and implement the verdicts.”

About this, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told The Report, “The police are active about arresting fugitive convicts. The law-enforcers have been directed to arrest them whenever they are sighted. We hope it will be possible to arrest them very soon.”

According to the verdict in the Biswajit murder case, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 sentenced eight people to death and 13 to life-term imprisonment on December 18 in 2013 for the murder. Of them, two death row convicts and 11 lifers are on the run.

The convicts sentenced to death are Rafiqul alias Shakil, Rajan Talukder (fugitive), Mahfuzur Rahman alias Nahid, Emdadul Huq alias Emdad, GM Rasheduzzaman alias Shaon, Mir Mohammad Nure Alam (fugitive), Saiful Islam alias Saiful and Kaiyum Mia alias Tipu.

The lifers are Khandker Md Yunus Ali alias Yunus (fugitive), Tarik Bin Zahur alias Tamal (fugitive), Golam Mostafa alias Mostafa, Md Alauddin (fugitive), Md Obaidul Kader alias Tahsin (fugitive), Imran Hossain alias Imran (fugitive), Azizur Rahman alias Aziz (fugitive), Al Amin Sheikh (fugitive), Rafiqul Islam (fugitive), AHM Kibria, Monirul Huq alias Pavel (fugitive), Md Kamrul Hasan (fugitive) and Mosharraf Hossain alias Mosharraf (fugitive).

The activists of the Jagannath University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) hacked Biswajit indiscriminately on December 9 in 2012 at a place near the Bahadur Shah Park during a blockade programme of the opposition party. On the way to hospital he succumbed to injuries. A murder case was filed in this connection later at night.

According to the verdict in the Jubair murder case, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 sentenced five people to death and six to life term imprisonment on February 8 in 2015 for the murder of Jubair, a student of Jahangirnagar University. Of them, four death-row convicts and one lifer are absconding.

Those sentenced to death are Khandaker Ashikul Islam (fugitive), Khan Mohammad Rais (fugitive), Rashedul Islam Raju, Mahbub Akram (fugitive) and Zahid Hasan (fugitive).

The lifers are Shafiul Alam Setu, Avinandan Kundu Ovi, Nazmus Sakib Tapu, Ishtiaq Mehbub Arup (fugitive), Mazharul Islam and Kamruzzaman Sohag.

On January 8 in 2012 an opponent group of the BCL hacked Jubair. The next day Jubair succumbed to injuries at the city’s United Hospital. The university administration filed a case with the Ashulia police station a day later against 13 people in this connection.

Jubair was a student of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall. He hailed from Kalapara in Patuakhali district.

Jubair’s brother Adv Abdullah Al Mamun told The Report, “The police are not active about arresting the fugitive killers. The police can arrest them, if they wish. Our family is frustrated, as the convicts are not being arrested after delivery of the verdict. Our appeal to the government is to arrest the culprits and implement the verdict in the Jubair murder case as soon as possible.”

Ends/AR/thereport24.com/Oct 15, 2015