The High Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a man in connection with the killing of a child after abduction in 2010 in Gaibandha district.
The HC bench of Justice ANM Bashir Ullah and Justice Muhammad Mahbub Ul Islam upheld death sentence of Zahid, son of Siddique Mia of Gaibandha district,
after hearing the appeal petition.
The HC also acquitted two more accused—Pavel, son of Majibur Rahman and Rubel, son of Biltu Mia of Pirgachha village—of the charges.
Advocate SM Shahjahan and AK Khan Ujjal stood for the accused while deputy attorney general Sujit Chatarji Bappi represented the state.
According to the prosecution, the three accused abducted Tasin Mia alias Arnab, 5, grandson of Nazrul Islam Madhu of Pirgachha village in Sadar upazila on July 27, 2010.
Later, they made a phone call to Tasin’s mother and demanded Tk 10 lakh as ransom for his release.
Failing to realise the ransom money, the accused strangulated Tasin to death and dumped the body into a pond.
Father of Tasin lodged a complaint against ten people with Sadar Police the following day.
On January 26, 2017, Gaibandha Woman and Child Repression Tribunal Judge Ratneshwar Bhattacharya sentenced three people to death in the case and acquitted seven others as allegations brought against them could not be proved.
The accused filed petitions against the lower court judgment.