Dhaka: The High Court has upheld the sentence of an accused who was sentenced to death by a judicial court in the case of killing a child in Gaibandha a century ago. At the same time, two other accused who were sentenced to death were acquitted.
A High Court bench of Justice ANM Basir Ullah and Justice Muhammad Mahbub-ul Islam passed the verdict on Tuesday (September 20) after hearing the death reference and the appeal of the accused to approve the death sentence.
Lawyers SM Shahjahan and AK Khan Ujjal were the defendants in the court.
Deputy Attorney General Sujit Chatterjee Bappi appeared for the state.
He said that the High Court has upheld the death sentence of Zahid among the three accused. At the same time Pavel and Rubel were acquitted.
On July 27, 2010, five-year-old Tachin Mia, son of Aminul Islam Romel of Lakshmipur village of Sadar Upazila, alias Nana Nazrul Islam Madhu Mia of Pirgacha village near Arnab went for a visit.
Zahid, Pavel and Rubel kidnapped Tashin that day due to a previous dispute with Tashin’s maternal grandfather. That night, Zahid called Tachin’s mother and demanded a ransom of Tk 10 lakh. They killed Tachin by strangulation without getting the ransom and hid Tachin’s body under the straw of a man’s pond in that village.
The day after the incident on July 28, Tachin’s father filed a case in the name of 10 people at Sadar police station. Judge Ratneshwar Bhattacharya of Women and Child Abuse Prevention Tribunal sentenced three people to death in this case on January 26, 2017. The remaining 7 were acquitted.
The convicts in the judicial court are Zahid son of Siddique Mia of Khamar Peergacha village of Sahapara union of Gaibandha Sadar upazila, Pavel son of Mujibur Rahman of the same village and Rubel son of Biltu Mia of Sonaidanga village of Ballamjhar union of the same upazila.
Later the death reference was sent to the High Court for approval of the death sentence. Besides, the accused appealed and jailed.
After the hearing, the High Court upheld Zahid’s sentence and acquitted the other two.
Bangladesh Time: 1350 hours, September 20, 2022
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