Murders of the Narayanganj Seven

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Narayanganj Seven Murder is the primarily enforced disappearance and eventually the murder of seven people including a panel-mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation and a lawyer in April 2014.[1][2] 27 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members, including three top RAB 11 officials, were involved in the abduction and killing.[3]

History

Nazrul Islam, a panel mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation who was in good terms with Mayor Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy, with three associates and his driver went missing from Fatullah area of Narayanganj on 27 April 2014. His lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarker who was following the car of Nazrul Islam, also went missing on the same day with his driver from the same place. Within one week of the event, the dead bodies of the victims were seen floating on the Shitalakshya River on which the Narayanganj District stands on.[4] Two cases were filed in connection with the murders. Nazrul's wife Selina Islam Beauty filed a case against six people, including vice-president of Siddhirganj Awami League and Councillor[5] Nur Hossain, while Chandan's son-in-law Bijoy Kumar Paul filed the other case against Nazmul Haque partner of an engineering firm and some unknown people. Nazrul's father-in-law Shahidul Islam alleged that Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel abducted and killed Nazrul in exchange for Tk 60 million from local ward councillor Nur Hossain.[6]

Investigation

Several probe committees were formed by the government, Police and RAB. CID was given the charge to investigate the case as per the directive of the High Court while the government assigned Detective Branch of Police with the task. On 12 November 2014, the Supreme Court after hearing a petition of attorney general exempted CID from the investigation.[7] More than a year later, on 4 June 2015, the High Court directed RAB, the government's seven-member probe committee, the inspector general of police and the CID to submit progress reports on their investigations.[2] RAB found 21 of its members including three top officials of RAB-11 unit involved in the incident.[8] The RAB personnel are: Hamidul Haque, Hira Miah, Belal Hossain, Abu Tayab, and Arif Hossain, all of whom are the members of RAB 11.

The three top official of RAB 11 unit Lt Colonel Tareque Sayeed, Lt Commander Masud Rana and Major Arif Hossain made confessions of their involvement in the case.[9][10] All the three top officials of RAB, including Tareque Sayeed, who is the son-in-law of Food and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury were sent to forced retirement by the military forces of the country.[8] Shahidul claimed some labourers saw RAB men and Nur Hossain, Nazmul Haque and some more civil abduct Nazrul near Shibu Market in Narayanganj on 27 April. Nur Hossain,the prime accused in the case who fled to India after the murders took place, was arrested in Kolkata on 14 June 2015. And the other one (Nazmul Haque) is missing after November 2014 in the same place in India. In 12 November 2015, Indian government handed over Nur Hossain to Bangladesh.[2]

Trial and Verdict

After years of investigation, the Detective Branch of Police pressed a charge sheet against 35 people on 8 April 2015.[11] On 8 February, after a number of hearings, the Narayanganj court indicted all the 35 names of the charge sheet for the seven murder incident.[12] The formal trial of the case in Narayanganj began on 29 February 2016 and the process is ongoing.[13] On 16 January 2017, a Narayanganj court awarded death penalty to 26 people including former Awami League leader Nur Hossain and 16 ex-RAB officials including Tareque Sayeed, Arif Hossain, and Masud Rana in the seven-murder case. Nine other associates of Nur Hossain and ex-RAB members were also sentenced to different terms in the verdict.[14] The judge on his verdict, said that the charges of abduction, murder, concealing the bodies, conspiracy and destroying evidences were proved beyond any doubt.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Murdered brutally, dumped into river". The Daily Star. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Five cops testify in seven-murder case". Dhaka Tribune. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Narayanganj seven-murder verdict due Jan 16 | Dhaka Tribune". Dhaka Tribune. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Shitalakkhya: River of the floating dead". The Daily Star. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Nur Hossain: From trucker's helper to mafia don". The Daily Star. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ "A Chandpur MP's son brokered it". The Daily Star. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Only DB to investigate 7-murder". The Daily Star. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Rab finds 21 of its men involved". The Daily Star. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Confession, finally". The Daily Star. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Maj Arif makes confession". The Daily Star. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  11. ^ "RAB's Tareq among 35 charged with Narayanganj seven murders". Dhaka Tribune. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  12. ^ "35 indicted in Narayanganj 7-murder cases". The Daily Star. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Formal trial begins". The Independent. Dhaka. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Ex-AL men, Ex-RAB officials among 26 handed death penalty". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Former RAB man blames ex-commander for consequences after conviction for seven murders". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
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