A Tangail court has sentenced four men to death in a case filed over the murder of law student Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang-rape in a running bus on August 25 last year.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain delivered the verdict with the accused on the dock on Monday.
The condemned convicted people are - bus driver Habibur and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.
Besides, bus supervisor Safar Ali was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and fined TK one lakh.
On February 5, the court fixed today for announcing verdict after closing arguments of both sides.
All the five detained accused — Chhoa Paribahan bus driver Habibur, 45, supervisor Safar Ali, 55, driver’s assistants Shamim, 26, Akram, 35, and Jahangir, 19 — are now in jail.
On January 23, the court concluded the recording of depositions of witnesses in the case when 27 witnesses out of total 32 testified before the court.
On October 25 last, a court accepted the charge sheet against the accused -- bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir -- in the case.
Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang-rape in the running bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on August 25 last.
Police recovered her bloodstained body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night.
Following post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body.
Later, victim's relatives identified her seeing her photograph.
On August 28, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh in this connection.
On August 31, police exhumed the body of Rupa and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.
Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College..