Dhaka – Ten people have been inducted in the murder of a young man in the southern Barguna district that caused social outrage across Bangladesh after a video footage of the broad-daylight killing went viral in June last year.
The District and Session Judge Court passed the indictment order in the murder of Rifat Sharif after police pressed charges against the accused including his wife Ayesha Siddika Minni, who was apparently seen in the video trying to prevent the attackers.
A group of five or six people armed with machete chopped Sharif indiscriminately in front of Barguna Government College on June 26 in front of his wife. The victim died at a hospital later.
The murder came in discussion after the incident, which was filmed secretly on mobile phone by an unknown person, went viral online. The film showed Minni was trying to prevent the attackers from chopping Sharif.
But, based on allegation by Sharif’s family that Minni might have links with the attackers, police found her role in it and implicated her as an accused instead of a witness.
Judge Md Asaduzzaman read out the indictment order against the 10, of them nine were present at the dock, and fixed January 8 for the hearing.
The charges were framed against Rakibul Hasan Rifat Farazi, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Rabbi Akon, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Ridoy alias Tiktok Hridoy, 22, Md Hasan, 22, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagor, 19, and Kamrul Islam Saimun, 21.
Nineteen-year old Minni, who was earlier released on bail, was also indicted in the murder. One Musa is still on the run.
The prime accused of the murder Nayan Bond was killed in a gunfight with police nearly a week after the incident.