CHATTOGRAM: Separate courts sentenced two persons to death and life-term imprisonment for violating and killing minor girls in Chattogram and Brahmanbaria districts.
The court of Chattogram Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Acting Judge Abdul Halim awarded death sentence to the accused Arshadul Ershad, a resident of village Kasaitta under the Brahmanbaria district headquarters, said the court Public Prosecutor (PP) Ayub Khan.According to deposition of the case, a two-day annual fair was organised in the Kasaitta village in 2016.
The accused Ershad, who was running a cosmetic shop at the fair, targeted the victim who went alone to the shop to buy something.
Ershad violated the seven-year-old girl taking to a cropland while she was returning to house in the evening on December 20 in 2016. Later, he also strangled the girl.
After recovering body of the girl, the victim’s father Shafiqul Islam filed a case accusing some unidentified persons under ‘Women and Children Repressing Prevention Act’ with the concerned police station on December 21.
Later, police arrested Ershad when they came to known about his involvement through investigation.
The case was shifted to the court in January last year after a Brahmanbaria court framed charge against Ershad.After hearing from 17 witnesses, the court handed down the verdict in the presence of the accused on Monday, PP Ayub added.
On the other hand, another court sentenced Md Elius, son of Md Nur Ahmed of Saral union under the Banshkhali upazila in the district, to life-term imprisonment in a case filed for violating an adolescent girl in 2014.
The court of Chattogram Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 Jude Mashiur Rahman Khan also awarded financial penalty of Tk 50,000 to the accused, said the court PP Jesmin Akter.
Court sources said the accused violated the girl while she was feeding grass to goats at a field at the Saral union on November 16 in 2014.
Later, the victim’s paternal uncle filed a case accusing Elius under ‘Women and Children Repression Prevention Act’ with the concerned police station on November 24.
A Chattogram court framed charge against the accused on June 19 in 2016 after police pressed charge sheet accusing the accused.
After heading from seven prosecution witnesses, the court awarded the verdict in absence of the accused on Monday, PP Jesim added.