Sinha murder verdict: Family wants quick execution of verdict

Family wants quick execution of verdict.UNB

The sister of Maj (retd) Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan welcomed Monday’s judgment in the case of his murder as fulfilment of the family’s expectation.

“But we will be satisfied only after the judgment is implemented,” Sharmin Shahria Ferdous, the plaintiff in the case, said in her reaction.

Cox’s Bazar district and sessions judge Mohammad Ismail former OC Pradeep Kumar Das and police inspector Liaqat Ali to death and six others to life term imprisonment in the case.

The six lifers are constable Sagar Dev, sub-inspector Nandolal Rakkhit, constable Rubel Sharma, and residents of Marishbunia village in Baharchara upazila Nurul Amin, Md Nizamuddin and Ayaz Uddin.

The court, however, acquitted seven other accused.

Maj (retd) Sinha’s mother Nasima Akter was present to hear the judgment in Cox’s Bazar court with daughter Sharmin.

After the pronouncement of the judgment Sharmin told journalists,” We were hoping that the two main accused OC Pradeep and Liaqat who were directly involved in the killing will get death sentence which has been fulfilled by this verdict. We will be satisfied finally when it gets implemented.”

“May no one become a victim of extra judicial killing in the country again. Everyone has the right to seek justice and law prevails. It has been proved by this verdict,” she said.

The 15 accused were brought to the court from Cox's Bazar district jail at 2:00pm.

Of the 15 accused, 12 had given confessional statements before court except Pradeep, Sagar Dev and Rubel.

Ahead of the delivery of the judgment, security was beefed up in Cox’s Bazar town.

Additional police personnel have been deployed in and around the court premises while a number of check-posts were set up at different points.

On 12 January, the Cox’s Bazar court fixed Monday for the delivery of the judgment

On 31 July, 2020, Sinha was shot dead at the Shamlapur police check-post in Baharchhara union of Cox's Bazar while returning to the town after filming for a documentary.

On 5 August, 2020, Sinha's sister, Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, filed a case with Teknaf senior judicial magistrate court accusing nine members of law enforcement agencies of being involved in the killing, including former officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station Pradeep Kumar Das and Baharchhara Police Outpost inspector Liaqat Ali.

On 13 December, the same year, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) submitted a charge-sheet against 15 people, including ex-OC Pradeep, police source Ayaz and three APBn members, in the case.

On 27 June 2021, the court framed charges against them.