Narayanganj 7-murder trial: Newsmen ousted from courtroom

New Age Online

The police drove out newsmen from a Narayanganj courtroom where trial of sensitive seven-murder case was held on Monday.
The policemen claimed it was an order from higher authorities while driving out the newsmen of the courtroom minutes before Narayanganj district and sessions judge Syed Enayet Hossain started trial proceedings this morning, reports the correspondent in Narayanganj.
When journalist approached Fatullah police officer-in-charge Asaduzzaman to know the reason behind such act, he failed to give any explanation.
Later, two journalists were allowed to enter the court.
Meanwhile, the court recorded deposition of Bijay Kumar Paul, son-in-law of Chandan Kumar Sarker, one of the victims in the case, from around 11:15am to 1:10pm. The defence lawyers cross-examined him also.
However, the lawyers of prime accused Noor Hossain, and sacked Rapid Action Battalion officials – Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, and MM Rana — submitted time petition to cross-examine Bijay Kumar. The court set March 7 granting their petitions in one of the cases filed by Bijay.
In another case filed by Selina Islam Beauty over the killings, the court also set March 3 for recording her testimony.
Selina Islam is the widow of Narayanganj city corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam, one of the victims of the killing.
Twenty three accused including Noor Hossain, and three sacked battalion officials – Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Arif Hossain, and MM Rana — were brought to the court amid security. Twelve other accused were still in large.
Earlier on February 7, judge Syed Enayet Hossain framed charges against 35 accused in two cases filed in connection with the gruesome murders.
A Narayanganj court on July 8, 2015, had accepted the charge sheet in two cases rejecting the no-confidence (naraji) petition filed by Selina Islam Beauty.
Selina Islam had filed the petition on May 11 expressing her dissatisfaction over the exclusion of the names of five first information report-enlisted accused from the charge sheet.
On April 8, detectives had pressed charges against 35 people in connection with the seven murders.
On April 27, 2014, seven people, including Nazrul Islam, and senior lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarker, were abducted, allegedly, by Rapid Action Battalion personnel from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road. Their bodies were found floating.
(Updated)

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