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7-murder: HC orders to appoint prosecutors for fugitive accused

The High Court (HC) has directed the authorities concerned to appoint prosecutors within seven days for the fugitive accused who are convicted in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case.

A High Court bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order on Tuesday.

The solicitor wing of the law ministry has been given this direction.

Earlier on February 8 this year, the HC ordered regular and jail appeal hearing for the death row convicts of the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj.

On January 30 and 31, the death row convicts including former NCC councillor Nur Hossain and dismissed RAB officials Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad appealed to the HC seeking acquittal.

The death reference and appeals in the case were brought to the HC from Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge’s Court on January 22.

The paper books of the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case have already been prepared for the High Court’s early hearing on the death reference and appeals in the case.

Copies of the two paper books containing around 6,000 pages reached the Supreme Court (SC) from Bangladesh Government (BG) Press.

Court sources said the paper books have been prepared on priority basis as per instruction from the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha so that the death reference and appeals of the case are settled quickly.

A court in Narayanganj on January 16 sentenced 26 people including former NCC councillor Nur Hossain and dismissed RAB officials Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander MM Rana to death in the sensational seven-murder case.

The court of Narayanganj District Sessions Judge Syed Enayet Hossain delivered the verdict amid high security.

Twenty-three, including Nur Hossain and dismissed RAB officials were present on the dock during the pronunciation of the verdict while 12 are on the run.

The other condemned convicts are Mizanur Rahman Dipu, Abdul Alim, Mohinuddin Munshi, Lans Nayek Hira Miah, Sipahi Abu Toiyob, Selim, Sanaullah Sana, Shah Jahan, Jamal Uddin, Asad-uj-jaman Noor, Purnendu Bala, ROG Arif Hossain, Al Amin, Tajul Islam, Enamul, Belal Hossain, Shihab Uddin, Mortuja Jaman Churchill, Ali Mohammad, Abul Basher, Raham Ali, Emdadul Haque.

The court also jailed nine other accused for seven to 17 years’ of imprisonment.

Seven people, including Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker, were abducted from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27, 2014. Later, their bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya.

A total of 35 people including the main accused Nur Hossain were indicted in the two cases filed over the incident– one by Nazrul’s family and the other by Chandan’s family. Of them, 26 are Rab men while eight others are reportedly associates of Nur Hossain.

After the investigation which took almost a year, police pressed charges against Nur Hossain, three senior officers of the Narayanganj-based RAB battalion and 31 others.

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