The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Thursday pressed charges against four people over the murder of housewife Sagira Morshed Salam, who was killed 30 years ago in front of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in the city.
PBI Inspector M Rafiqul Islam, also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet before the Court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in the afternoon.
The charge-sheeted accused are victim’s bother-in-law (Husband’s elder brother) Dr Hasan Ali Chowdhury, 70, his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda Shahin, 64, Shaheen's brother Anas Mahmud Rezwan ,59, and hired killer Maruf Reza, 59.
Earlier in the day, PBI chief Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Banaj Kumar Majumder said they finalised the charge-sheet.
While briefing reporters at the PBI headquarters, he said four people were arrested in connection with the murder.
The arrestees gave confessional statements before a court here over their involvement in the killing, the PBI chief added.
He said Sagira was killed due to jealousy of her elder sister-in-law Sayedatul Mahmuda Shahin.
Sagira was shot to death in broad daylight on July 25, 1989 in the capital's Bailey Road area when she was going to Vikarunnesa School by a rickshaw to fetch her daughter.
Sagira’s husband Abdus Salam Chowdhury filed a murder case against some unknown people with Ramna Police Station the same day.
But the trial proceedings of the case remained stayed for 28 years following a High Court order.
Finally, the PBI got the task to investigate the murder on July 17 last as an HC bench ordered further investigation vacating the stay order.
A court here on Wednesday fixed January 21 to accept the charges in the case over the murder of Buet student Abrar Fahad.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge KM Imrul Kayes fixed the date, said Additional Public Prosecutor Tapos Kumar Pal.
On Monday, the case was shifted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judges Court.
Morshed Amartya Islam, a fugitive accused in the case, surrendered before the court on Sunday while the court sent him to jail.
On December 3 last, a court here ordered confiscation of the property of four fugitive accused in the killing case.
Three other fugitives are Morsheduzzaman Jishan, Mustafa Rafid and Ehtashamul Rabbi Tanim, students of Buet (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology).
On January 5 last, the court instructed the police to publish ads in newspapers asking the four fugitives to appear before the court, saying that the trial will begin in their absence if they do not turn up on January 13.
On November 18 last, the court accepted the charge-sheet against 25 accused and issued a warrant for the arrest of the four fugitives in the case.
The Appellate Division on Tuesday upheld the death sentence awarded to former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaiser in a case filed for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
A four-member bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, pronounced the verdict in the morning.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and deputy attorney general Biswajit Debnath represented the state while Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Advocate S M Md Shahjahan stood for the convict.
Now defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 on December 23, 2014, sentenced Qaiser to death as the 14 charges out of the total sixteen framed against him were proven beyond any doubt.
The tribunal handed down the death penalty to him on seven charges, life imprisonment on four charges, jail term of 10, 7 and 5 years on three charges and was acquitted in the remaining two charges. But the jail term will naturally get merged into the sentence of death.
The tribunal in its observation also asked the state to initiate a compensation scheme for the rape victims of 1971 and the ‘war babies’ – children of women raped by the Pakistan army or anti-liberation forces.
Qaiser filed an appeal against his conviction on January 19, 2015.
After about four years, hearing on the appeal started on July 10, 2019.