Dhaka – Three persons have been sentenced to death for killing a progressive-minded university teacher in northern Bangladeshi city of Rajshahi five years ago, court officials said on Monday.
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of judge Anup Kumary Roy handed down the verdict in a crowded courtroom in Rajshahi against Abdus Samad Pintu, a local leader of Jubo Dal, his associates Ariful Islam Manik, and Lutfor Rahman Sabuj for killing professor AKM Shafiul Islam.
The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each.
Shafiul Islam, a professor of sociology department, was hacked to death by a group of unidentified assailants on November 15, 2014 near Rajshahi University campus.
Police investigated the murder, which was initially believed to have carried out by Islamic militants, and charged 11 people for their alleged involvement in the case.
But the court acquitted eight of the accused, most of them are linked to politics of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. They are—district BNP joint secretary Anwar Hossain Ujjal, Pintu’s wife Nasreen Akhter Reshma, Sirajul Islam Kalu, Al-Mamun, Sagar, Jinnat Ali, Ibrahim Khalil and Arif.
Among the convicts, Lutfor Rahman Sabuj has been absconding.