Public Prosecutor of Habiganj Women and Children Repression Tribunal Abul Hasem Molla told the Dhaka Tribune that three accused of the case were produced before the court of Additional District and Sessions' Judge Mafroja Parvin, but charge framing was deferred, as the judge was on leave.
August 28 have been fixed for hearing of framing charge.
On February 17, police recovered the bodies of four schoolboys—Zakaria Ahmed Shuvo, 8, son of Wahid Miah, his two cousins – Tajel Miah, 10, son of Abdul Aziz, Monir Miah, 7, son of Abdal Miah – and Ismail Hossain, 10, son of Abdul Quadir, from a ditch at Shundratiki village under Bahubal upazila, four days after they went missing.
On April 5, nine people were indicted in connection with the killing.
Abdul Muktadir, officer-in-charge of detective branch of police, submitted the charge sheet before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Kausar Alam.
The accused of the case are Abdul Ali, Rubel Mia, Jewel Mia, Arzu Mia, Shahid Mia, Boshir Mia, Belal Mia, Ustar Mia and Bacchu Mia.
Of the accused, five are in police custody. Ustar Mia, Boshir Mia and Belal Mia are absconding while prime suspect ‘Bachchu’ died in a gun battle with the members of Rapid Action Battalion.
Four of the accused – Jewel Mia, his younger brother Rubel Mia, Shahid and Arzu – gave confessional statements before the court under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On May 6, sub-inspector Ziauddin was suspended after an investigation that found negligence on the part of police over the killing.
Bahubal police have already confiscated properties of three fugitive accused.
Following a directive of a Habiganj court, officer-in-Charge of Bahubal police station Molla Monir Hossain brought properties of Ustar Mia, Belal Mia and Babul Mia to the police station on August 18.