Three people were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison on Wednesday for killing former Jahangirnagar University student Ershadul Islam Choyon in 2005.
Convicts who were sentenced to death are – Abdul Awal, Al-Amin and Sufol. Awal and Sufol are absconding.Those given life imprisonment are – Abdul Karim, Safia Khatun, Abdul Kadir Fakir, Sohel, Ripa Akter, Johura Khatun alias Anufa, and Abdur Rauf Fakir alias Rup Mia.
Kishoreganj’s First Additional District and Sessions Court also fined the convicts Tk 500,000 each.
Choyon, who studied management from Jahangirnagar University, was the only son of Jahirul Islam and Momena Khatun. He was killed on December 2, 2005, two days before he was scheduled to join as station master at the railways.
The attack occurred in Hossainpur Upazila’s Tansidla village. The convicts attacked Choyon’s house in broad daylight with sharp weapons. He was stabbed and slashed when he tried to protect his mother and sister during the attack, according to case details.
He was mortally wounded in the attack and doctors at Hossainpur Upazila Hospital pronounced him dead when he was taken there.
Choyon’s father Jahirul Islam filed a case against nine persons with Hossainpur police on the night of the incident. Police pressed charges against 11 persons on February 28 the next year.One of the accused was dropped from the chargesheet after his death during trial proceedings.
Choyon’s parents said they were satisfied with the verdict.