Seven people, including local BNP leader and Moilakanda UP Chairman Riaduzzaman Riad, have been sentenced to death for the murder of Masudur Rahman Shuvro, general secretary of Swechchha Sebok League in Gouripur upazila of Mymensingh.
Seven others have been sentenced to life in prison and another five people, including current Gouripur Municipal Mayor Syed Rafiqul Islam, have been acquitted by Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Monir Kamal on Monday.
Each of them has also been fined Tk 20,000.
The suspects were in court to hear the verdict. The convicts in the dock and their families broke down in tears when the verdict was read.
Shuvro, chairman of UCCA Limited, ran for Gouripur municipal mayor in 2020. He was hacked to death in the municipality on October 17.
His brother Abidur Rahman, a plaintiff in the murder case, said he was not satisfied by the verdict.
He claimed that Syed Rafiqul Islam was the mastermind of the attack and condemned the acquittal of Rafiqul and his two brothers -- Syed Toufiqul Islam and Syed Mazharul Islam.