A court in Tangail is scheduled to deliver on Monday the verdict in the case into the murder of law student Zakia Sultana Rupa, who was killed after being raped in a moving bus in Tangail on August 25, 2017.
On February 5, Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain fixed the date after closing arguments of both sides.
All the five detained accused — Chhoa Paribahan bus driver Habibur, 45, supervisor Safar Ali, 55, driver’s assistants Shamim, 26, Akram, 35, and Jahangir, 19, — are now in jail. Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain fixed the date on February 5 after closing arguments of both sides.
On January 23, the court concluded the recording of depositions of witnesses in the case when 27 witnesses out of total 32 testified before the court.
On October 25 last, a court accepted the charge sheet against the accused -- bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir -- in the case.
Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang-rape in the running bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on August 25 last.
Police recovered her bloodstained body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night.
Following post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, victim's relatives identified her seeing her photograph.
On August 28, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh in this connection.
On August 31, police exhumed the body of Rupa and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.
Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College.