Ekram murder: 39 to die, Minar acquitted

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PV Desk : A court in Feni has awarded the death penalty to 39 people in the murder of Phulgazi Upazila Council Chairman Ekramul Haque.

The district and sessions judge’s court acquitted 16 others, including local BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar.

On May 20, 2014, the local Awami League leader was killed in a daylight attack when his convoy was waylaid in the Feni district town.

Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar Armed assailants blocked his car, opened fire on the vehicle and set it ablaze with the chairman trapped inside.
Ekramul’s brother Rezaul Hoque Jasim started the case against Minar and 30 to 35 unidentified people.

Police pressed charges against 56 people in August the same year. The court indicted them in March 2016 and heard arguments until Jan 28 this year.

On Feb 13, the court scheduled Tuesday for delivering the verdict.

A total of 44 arrests were made over the killing. Among the arrestees, 15 confessed to court, said according to the public prosecutor.

Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury alias Minar Chowdhury and 34 other suspects are behind bars. Five suspects went into hiding after securing bail.

One suspect, Sohel, died in a shootout with RAB, according to the elite police.