Security has been beefed up in Barguna town ahead of the verdict in Rifat Sharif murder case on Wednesday.
Additional police personnel have been deployed in and around the court premises while a number of check-post were set up at different points. The movement of pedestrians around the court is also being restricted, reports UNB.
Rifat’s wife Aysha Siddika Minni went to the court around 9:00 in the morning.On 16 September, district and sessions judge Md Asaduzzaman fixed 30 September for delivering verdict in the murder case.
Rifat Sharif, 22, son of Dulal Sharif, was hacked to death in the broad daylight in the district town on 26 June last year.
He was attacked near the main gate of Barguna Government College. Surveillance camera footage showed his wife Minni apparently trying to save him.
Twenty-four people were accused in the murder case filed by Rifat’s father. Minni, initially named as a witness, was later arrested on 16 July last year and made an accused.
Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, the main accused, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police on 2 July.
A Barguna court on 1 January indicted Minni and nine others for Rifat’s murder.
District and sessions judge Md Asaduzzaman framed charges.
The other accused are – Rakibul Hasan Rifat Farazi, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Akon, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy, 22, Md Hasan, 19, Md Musa, 22, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagor, 19, Kamrul Islam Saimun, 21.
The High Court on 29 August last year granted bail to Minni on condition that she would remain in her father’s house and refrain from talking to the media.
Meanwhile, 14 other underage accused are being tried separately at a juvenile court over Rifat’s murder.