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The accused being taken to Tangail court. Photo: Collected

4 to walk gallows for Rupa rape and murder

WT24 Desk

A Tangail court on Monday sentenced four persons to death in a case filed over the murder of Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus on 25 August last year, reports UNB.

Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Abul Hossain Miah announced the verdict in a crowded courtroom.

The condemned convicted are – bus driver Habibur and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir. Besides, bus supervisor Safar Ali was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined Tk 100,000.

According to prosecution, Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra.

Police recovered her blood-stained body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night. Following a post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, victim’s relatives identified her.

On 28 August, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh in this connection. On 31 August, police exhumed the body of Rupa and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.

On 25 October last, the court accepted the charge sheet against the accused — bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir — in the case.

On 23 January, the court concluded the recording of depositions of witnesses in the case when 27 witnesses out of total 32 testified before the court.

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