The court sentenced 17 people including UP chairman Deen Islam to life imprisonment in the disputed father-son murder case of Khulna’s Terkhada upazila. At the same time, each of them has been sentenced to one more year’s imprisonment without paying a fine of 5 thousand taka.
The court acquitted the other two accused in this case as the state side failed to prove any charges. Sunday (04 September) Khulna speedy trial tribunal judge Md. Nazrul Islam Howladar announced this verdict.
The lawyer for the state. Ahaduzzaman confirmed this information to the media.
The convicts sentenced to life are – Chairman of Terkhada Chagladah Union SM Deen Islam (54), Md. Abdur Rahman (55), Zamir Sheikh (25), Sheikh Saiful Islam (35), Khalid Sheikh (32), Eskender Sheikh (42), Jasim Sheikh (35), Hossain Sheikh (30), Ziarul Sheikh (26), Baharul Sheikh (24), Abbas Sheikh (24), Ahidul Gazi (34), Khairul Sheikh (35), Keramat Mallik (35), Mahbur Sheikh (49), Babu Sheikh (35) and Noor Islam Sheikh (37).
Besides, Abu Saeed Biswas (35) and Ayeb Sheikh (50) were acquitted as the charges were not proved.
Mahfuza Begum, the wife of the deceased Piru Sheikh, is not happy with the verdict. He demanded maximum punishment for the killers. He said, that day and night, my husband and child begged the accused for their lives. But at that time their minds did not melt. I want the murderers hanged. I will appeal against this judgment in the high court.
Lawyer Md. Ahaduzzaman said, the state party is happy with this verdict. However, he thought that the court would give the maximum sentence to the accused. But the judge did what he thought best. We will go to the high court against this verdict. He thinks that he will get justice there.
According to court sources, on the night of August 6, 2019, Piru Sheikh of Pahardanga village of Terkhada Upazila and his family fell asleep after having dinner. At around 2 am, miscreants broke into their house with indigenous weapons. They locked the door of other members of the house from outside.
At that time Abdur Rahman gave an order to the accused who was present and said, cut Piru and kill him. I lost my job because of him. Saying this, Saiful hit Piru on the head with the chapati in his hand. Ghilu came out by cutting the skull of the victim. Later the other accused lived in Elopatadi Kopa in Piru. As the victim and his wife continued to scream, Naim’s son from the next door came to his father’s rescue. At that time, the accused dragged him to the courtyard.
Accused Khalid Sheikh hit Naeem on the head with a flower pot containing fruit to kill her. At that time, the weapon pierced the chest of the victim’s son. As he screamed in agony, accused Habibur and Ziarul hit Naim’s elbow and neck with chapati. Naim died on the spot.
After the accused left, Piru Sheikh was rescued and taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital and sent to Dhaka for better treatment. Later Piru died while undergoing treatment. Two days after the incident, the wife of Piru, who was killed in the incident, became a plaintiff and filed a case against 17 people and 12 other unknown people in Terkhada police station on the charge of killing her husband and children.
The investigating officer of the case, SI Mukt Roy Chowdhury of the district intelligence branch, filed a charge sheet in the court on January 29, 2020, accusing 19 people including the chairman of Chagladah Union Parishad No. 3.
As the cause of the murder, the investigating officer mentioned in his report, the incident of violence between the victim Piru and his supporters along with the accused Abdur Rahman, Khalid Sheikh and Saiful Sheikh on the instigation of the Chairman of Terkhada No. 3 Chagladah Union Parishad at 8 am on September 17, 2016 based on previous enmity and local disputes. happens During this time, houses were vandalized.
In that incident, leg veins of Khalid and Saiful were cut. Later, Piru Sheikh’s brother Taj Sheikh filed a case against Abdur Rahman and others named Ezahar as plaintiff. In this incident, Abdur Rahman’s cousin’s son Abul Hossain filed a case in the name of 32 people including Piru, Taj Sheikh and Naim. After the incident, Khalid, Saiful and many of them fled the area.
In the case filed by the brother of the victim Piru Sheikh, the accused Abdur Rahman has been suspended from the teaching profession for a long time. Moreover, although the victim Piru Sheikh was a follower of Chairman Deen Islam, since that incident, the opposition party of Deen Islam, former chairman of Chagladah Union Nasir Uddin and his followers Kazi Tariqul Islam took a stand for Taru and Manzoor Sheikh. Because of that, Chairman Deen Islam got angry and contacted the accused with the intention of killing Piru Sheikh, the former enemy of the accused Saiful, Khalid and Abdur Rahman. Piru and his son killed Naeem Sheikh in exchange of 3 lakh rupees through a secret meeting.
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