The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Thursday submitted charge sheet of Sagira Morshed Salam, a researcher at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, murder case.
PBI Inspector Md Rafiqul Islam submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka this afternoon against four people.The accused are Sagira Morshed’s brother-in-law Hasan Ali Chowdhury, his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda alias Shahin, brother-in-law (wife’s brother) Anas Mahmud alias Rezwan and their hired killer Maruf Reza.
During the investigation, all the four accused given confessional statement narrating the incident.
On Jul 25, 1989, Sagira Morshed Salam was going to pick her daughter from Viqarunnisa Noon School. A gang of muggers tried to snatch her gold bangles and then shot her as she tried to run away. She died on her way to the hospital.
Sagira’s husband Salam Chowdhury started a case against some unidentified persons on the same day. The rickshaw-puller identified two persons involved in the incident but detective police submitted chargesheet against a man named Mintu alias Montu alias Maran.
Dhaka Additional Session Judge Abu Bakar Siddique ordered police to charge Montu on Jan 17, 1991. Seven witnesses testified in the case.
During the investigation, Montu and the then home minister’s extended family member Maruf Reza were arrested, but Maruf’s name was dropped from the chargesheet, the plaintiff had complained.Then the trial court on May 23, 1991 directed police to further investigate the murder case.
The High Court issued a six-month stay order on further inquiry and trial proceedings on the case on Jul 2, 1991 following a revision petition filed by Maruf Reza. It also issued a rule asking why the order of further investigation will not be dismissed.
On Aug 27, 1992, the court issued another stay order on trial proceedings until the issuance of an order on the previous rule.