Four activists of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir have been sentenced to death and three to life for killing eight people, including six Bangladesh Chhatra Dal leaders and activists, in Chittagong eight years ago.
A Chittagong court handed down the verdict in the sensational eight murder case on Thursday also acquitting 15 other Shibir men of the charge.
The second additional metropolitan sessions judge, Ekramul Hoque Chowdhury, awarded the capital punishment to Sazzad Khan, Alamgir Kabir alias Baitya Alamgir, Mohammed Solaiman and Azam to death. The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each.
Those sentenced to life in prison are Enamul Hoque, Abdul Quaium Imon and Habib Khan. They were also fined Tk 50,000 each and to suffer one year more in jail in default to pay the fine.
The convicts sprayed bullets on a microbus and an auto-rickshaw at Bahadderhat in the city on July 12, 2000 leaving six BCL leaders and drivers of the two vehicles dead.
They were BCL leaders and activists Jahangir Alam, Hasibur Rahman Helal, Rafiqul Islam Shohel, Azizul Islam and Abul Kashem, and Monu Mia, driver of the microbus, and Jahid, the auto-rickshaw driver.
The BCL men were going to the Commercial Institute at Bakalia in the city, where they had a rivalry with the Shibir men over establishing supremacy conflict in the area.
Anwar Hossain, elder brother of BCL activist Jahangir, filed a case with the Chandgaon police on July 13, 2000 and CID inspector Quader Khan, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet before the court against 22 Shibir men on January 17 in 2005.
The court after examining the records and witnesses handed down the verdict convicting seven and acquitting 15 — Mizbahul Kabir, Saiful Islam, Rezaur Rahman, Azizur Rahman, Mohammed Ilias, Bayzidur Rahman, BDR Salim, Iqbal Hossain, Mia Mohammed Tawfique, Abdul Hakim, Abdul Hamid, Bazal Ahmed, Nesar Ahmed, Delwar aks Azrail Delwar and Gittu Nasir.
Azrail and Gittu were killed in encounters with the Rapid Action Battalion.