Death sentence given to 3 for Habiganj 4 schoolboys murders

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Three people are sentenced to death and two more will serve seven years in jail for the murders of four schoolboys in Habiganj.

Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Maqbul Ahsan announced the verdict over the 2016 incident on Wednesday.

Suspects Rubel Miah, Arju Miah and the absconding Ustar Miah have received death sentences and will have to pay a fine of Tk 10,000 each as well.

Rubel’s brother Jewel Miah and Shahed were sentenced to be in jail for seven-years as well as being fined Tk 5,000 each.

The court acquitted Jewel and Rubel’s father Abdul Ali Bagal, the absconding Babul Miah and Billol after the prosecution failed to prove their involvement in the murders.

On Feb 12, 2016, the four children, aged between 7 and 10 years old, all went missing from a village in the district’s Bahubal Upazila.

Monir Mia, 7, Zakaria Ahmed Shubho, 8, Tajel Mia, 10 and Ismail Hossain, 10, went to a field next to their homes to play.

Five days later, locals at Sundrateki village discovered their bodies buried under heaps of soil.

Police said disputes between Panchayets or village councils over land ownership had led to the murders of the children.

According to the locals, Bagal Panchayet and Talukder Panchayet have been at loggerheads for a long time.

Charges were pressed against nine people. However, one of them died in what the police had described as a shootout.

The trial started in September last year in the court of Habiganj’s district and sessions judge.

In this year’s March, it was transferred to the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal in Sylhet.

Public Prosecutor Kishore Kumar Kar informed the court arguments were concluded on Jul 20.

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