Three to hang, two jailed for murders of four schoolboys in Habiganj

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PV Desk : Three people have been sentenced to death and two more will serve seven years in jail over the murders of four schoolboys in Habiganj.

The verdict over the 2016 incident was announced by Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Maqbul Ahsan on Wednesday.

Suspects Rubel Miah, Arju Miah and the absconding Ustar Miah have received death sentences and will also be fined Tk 10,000 each.

Rubel’s brother Jewel Miah and Shahed have received a seven-year jail sentence and will be fined Tk 5,000 each.

Jewel and Rubel’s father Abdul Ali Bagal, the absconding Babul Miah and Billol were acquitted by the court after the prosecution failed to prove their involvement in the murders.

On Feb 12, 2016, the four children, all between 7 and 10 years old, went missing from a village in the district’s Bahubal Upazila.

Monir Mia, 7, Zakaria Ahmed Shubho, 8, Tajel Mia, 10 and Ismail Hossain, 10, had gone to a field next to their homes to play.