With the passage of eight long years, the case over killing six students in Aminbazar, Savar, on the night of Shab-e-Barat in 2011, is still lingering as two investigation officers are not appearing before court to testify.
‘My mother was waiting for justice, but she died five months ago. Now I am in doubt whether I will be able to see the justice in my lifetime for my brother,’ Eusuf Ali, brother of victim Ibrahim Khalil, told BSS.
Another victim Sheikh Mohammad Tipu’s mother Nazma Akter said that her family was upset over the lingering of the case for eight long years. She wanted to know, ‘How long will we have to wait to get the justice’. The case is now pending before the court of Dhaka 2nd additional district and sessions Judge Faizunnesa, and the court was scheduled to hold hearing of the case on April 28.
‘The court has examined 52 out of 92 witnesses in the case. It is not being able to wrap up the trial as the last two investigation officers are not appearing before the court to testify,’ public prosecutor Shakila Jesmin Mitu said.
Mitu further added of the two remaining IOs, former additional superintendent of police Sirajul Islam of CID had gone on retirement already.
‘So we were not able to trace him at his former workplace. Court has issued summons against him on three occasions. We have sent the summons to his Pallabi residence. After his testimony, the court will summon third and final IO additional superintendent of police Sharif Uddin to testify and the case will be wrapped up hereafter,’ she added.
The six students were beaten to death on July 17, 2011, in Keblar Char area under village Baradeshi in Aminbazar, in suspicion of being robbers.
After the brutal incident, the prime suspect and a local sand trader Abdul Malek also lodged a case of robbery against the victims. The local police, however, filed a case against 600 villagers for their involvement in the brutal killing.
The six victims were — Maple Leaf student Shams Rahim Shamim, 18, Mirpur Bangla College student Touhidur Rahman Palash, 20, Ibrahim Khalil, 21, of the same college, HSC student Kamruzzaman Kanto, 16, Tejgaon College student Tipu Sultan, 19, and Bangladesh University of Business and Technology student Sitab Zabir Munib, 20.