A Dhaka court on Monday sentenced three drug peddlers to life term imprisonment and one other get two years jail in a case filed on charges of possessing 2,300 bottles of phensidyl in 2005.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 handed down the verdict in presence of three convicts at the court.The life term convicts are: Omar Faruk alias Farurque, Md Khokon and Md Anwar Hossain. They were also fined Tk 50,000 each, in default to suffer one year more in the prison.
The court also sentenced another accused Md Jamal alias Rony to two years’ rigorous imprisonment for the same offence. He was also fined Tk 10,000, in default to suffer six months more in jail.
Of the convicts, Omar Faruk is still at large while three others were present at the court during delivery of the verdict.
The court in the verdict said the convicts were given life in jail instead of death sentence considering their ages and circumstantial evidences.
Earlier, the prosecution and the defence completed their arguments and the court recorded statements of seven prosecution witnesses including complainant of the case.
According to the case, a team of Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) raided at a house of Haji Babla at Nilkhet in the capital’s Dhanmondi on February 9, 2005. The team arrested Md Jamal alias Rony along with five bottles of phensidyl.Based on his information, the DNC team also seized 2,295 bottles which were in possession of three others accused—-Omar Faruk, Khokon and Anwar.
DNC filed a case against the four with Dhanmondi Police Station under the Narcotics Control Act.