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Ex-JP MP Quader, 6 others get death sentence
AL MP Liton murder
AGENCIES, Gaibandha

Ex-JP MP Quader, 6 others get death sentence

Manjurul Islam Liton

A Gaibandha court yesterday sentenced seven people including a former Jatiya Party MP to death for their roles in killing Awami League lawmaker from Gaibandha-1 Manjurul Islam Liton.

The convicts are – former JP lawmaker Abdul Quader Khan, Kader’s private secretary Shamsuzzoha, driver Hannan, nephew Mehedi, Shahin, Rana and Chandan Kumar Roy.

Of the seven, Roy is yet to be arrested. One other accused in the case, Subol Chandra Das, died in prison. District and Sessions Judge Dilip     Kumar Bhoumik pronounced the judgment in a crowded courtroom in presence of the six of the accused.

Detectives arrested Quader, a former Jatiya Party MP from the same constituency, on February 21, 2017 from his home. Five days later, he confessed before a court to his involvement in the killing. Based on information provided by Quader, police conducted a raid on his house at Pashchim Chhaparhati village in Sundarganj upazila and seized a pistol, a magazine and six bullets. An arms case was filed in this connection.  On April 30, 2017, police submitted a charge-sheet against eight people, including Quader.

A Gaibandha court, on June 12 this year, sentenced the former MP to life imprisonment in the arms case.

The court on different occasions examined 50 prosecution witnesses and on November 19 set today to pronounce judgment in the murder case.

Ruling Awami League lawmaker from Gaibandha-1 (Sundarganj) constituency Manjurul Islam Liton was shot dead by unidentified assailants in his own house at Shabaz village in Sundarganj upazila of Gaibandah on December 31, 2016. The three assailants arrived on motor bikes and wore helmets to hide their identity, said family sources. MP Liton, who was shot thrice, was rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where he died.

Liton’s sister filed a case against several people at the Sundarganj Police Station.

Lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton, who was born in 1968, became an MP for the first time in January 5 election in 2014. He was also a former president of Gaibandha district Awami League.