A Tangail court on Monday awarded death sentence to four transport workers in a case filed over the murder of Jakiya Sultana Rupa, a law student, after gang-rape on a running bus in Madhupur of the district, last year.
The convicts are bus driver Habib Miah, 45, and three aides Md Shamim, 26, Akram, 35, and Jahangir Alam, 35.
The court also sentenced the bus supervisor, Safar alias Gendu, to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined him Tk 1 lakh.
Acting Judge Abul Monshur Mia of Tangail Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal handed down the verdict in presence of the five.
Before the verdict, the court examined 32 prosecution witnesses and evidences.
Expressing satisfaction, victim’s brother Hafizul Islam and sister Mashrufa Aktar Popy told reporters that they are happy over the verdict and they want quick execution of the verdict.
However, defence counsel Shamim Chowdhury told reporters that they have not got justice from the court and will file appeal to the higher court against the verdict.
On November 29, last year, the court indicted the five in charges of rape, murder, concealing the body and abetting the process in the case.
According to the case, police on August 25, last year, recovered the body of an unidentified woman from near Tangail-Mymensingh road in Madhupur upazila. The next day, the body was buried at Tangail central graveyard after an autopsy.
Seeing the news in different media outlets, Rupa’s family members went to Madhupur police station on August 28.They examined clothes and photographs of the victim and identified Rupa, who hailed from Sirajganj district.
On August 31, police exhumed the body and handed it over to her family members for reburial.
A day after filing of a murder case with Madhupur PS, law enforcers detained five transport workers of ‘Chhoa Paribahan’ from Madhupur.
During interrogation, the arrestees admitted to their involvement in the crime and gave confessional statements before magistrates.