With these, the court has heard 45 out of 57 witnesses. The five are Kunio’s neighbour Shahjahan Babu and four police members – Sub-Inspector Jahurul Islam, SI Dilip Kumar, SI Ashiqur Rahman and ASI Iqbal Hossain.
Special Judge Naresh Chandra Sarker, however, expressed resentment as three police members had not appeared before it for giving deposition, and ordered officials concerned to produce them before the court on February 5.
The trio are ballistic expert Jamal Uddin, SI Sobuj Sarker and SI Mintu Chandra.
Japanese citizen Kunio, who had been running a grass farm in Kaunia of the district, was shot dead at Alutari village under Sarai Union in Kaunia on October 3, 2015. Middle East-based terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murder.
Police, however, claim that members of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh were behind the murder.
Earlier, two of the five arrested accused made confessional statements.
Of the three other chargesheeted accused, two were killed in alleged gunfights with the law enforcers.