October 31, 2020, 5:19 am

Abu Taher Bappa

2020-09-30 14:42:55 BdST

Rifat murder case: Six including Minni get death penalty

A Barguna court on Wednesday awarded death sentence to six accused including Minni in the sensational Rifat Sharif murder case.

Judge Md Asaduzzman of Barguna District and Sessions Judge Court read out the verdict amid beefed up security across the Barguna town.

The court, however, acquited remaining four accused in the case.

The death row convicts are- Ayesha Siddika Minni, Rakibul Hasan alias Rifat Faraji, Al Kaiyum alias Rabbi Akan, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy alias TikTok Hridoy and Md Hasan.

The acquitted accused are- Md Musa, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, Md Sagar and Kamrul Hasan Saymun.

The victim's wife Aysha Siddika Minni and others convicted were present in the dock while the verdict was being read out.

Security has been beefed up in Barguna town following the verdict in Rifat Sharif murder case.

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.

Rifat’s wife Aysha Siddika Minni went to the court around 9:00 am.

On September 16, District and Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman fixed September 30 for delivering verdict in the murder case.

Rifat, 22, son of Dulal Sharif, was hacked to death in broad daylight in the district town on June 26 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 July 16 last year and made an accused.

Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, the main accused, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police on July 2.

On January 1, this year, the court started the trial through indicting 10 accused, including Rifat’s wife Ayesha Siddika Minni, in the case.

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