5 Chhatra League men receives death penalty for Zubair murder
9 February 2015, Nirapad News: A court here on Sunday condemned five former activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) to death and awarded life term imprisonment to five others for killing JU student Zubair Ahmed.
The condemned convicts – Khandaker Ashiqul Islam Ashiq, Rashedul Islam Raju, Khan Mohammad Raif, Jahid Hasan and Mahbub Hasan were also fined Tk 20,000 each.
The life timers are Ishtiaque Mehbub Arup, Nazmus Sakib Tapu, Mazharul Islam, Kamruzzaman Shohag, Shafiul Alam Setu and Abhinandan Kundu Abhi.
All the convicts are the expelled leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student associate body of the ruling Awami League and also the batch mates of Zubair.
The five condemned convicts and lifer Istiaq Mehbub Arup were tried in absentia as they escaped from the court during a hearing on February 23, 2014.
The court, however, acquitted two other accused – Nazmul Hossain Plabon and Mahmudul Hasan Masud – as the allegations brought against them could not be proved.
Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of the Speedy Trial Tribunal handed down the verdict around 12:50pm when seven of the convicts – Nazmul Hossain Plaban, Kamruzzaman Shohagh, Mazharul Islam, Muhammad Mahmudul Hasan Masud, Nazmus Sakim Tapu, Shafiul Alam Setu and Abhinandan Kundu – were present in the courtroom.
Zubair Ahmed, an English Department student of the university, was severely beaten by BCL activists on January 8, 2012, and he succumbed to his injuries at United Hospital in Dhaka city the following day.
On January 30, 2012, the JU syndicate expelled seven of the convicts and also suspended the others for two years as their involvement in the attack on Zubair was proved in preliminary investigation conducted by the university administration.
A case was later filed with Ashulia thana in this connection. Police submitted a charge-sheet against 13 students of the university on April 8, 2012.
On September 8, 2013, the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 framed charges against the 13, all BCL activists, in the murder case.