A Dhaka court has sentenced six people to death and two others to life imprisonment for killing an Awami League leader and his chauffeur in the capital in 2011.
Dhaka Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Jahidul Kabir issued the verdict on Tuesday, acquitting four other accused as allegations brought against them were not proven in the case.
The condemned convicts are Raihan Khokon, Mohammad Hira, Zakir Hossain, Javed Prince, Jummon and Arif Hossain. Among them, Raihan and Amir were tried in absentia.
Shariful Islam and Kala Amir were sentenced to life imprisonment. Shariful secured bail from the court and remains on the run since then.
According to the prosecutors, Awami League Kadamtoli unit Senior Vice-President Mohammad Ullah, who was a freedom fighter, and his chauffeur Harunur Rashid were stabbed to death by the convicts over a dispute in Dhaka's Jurain area on February 23, 2011.
Mohammad Ullah's wife Kohinur Begum filed a case with Kadamtoli police station in this regard.
After investigation, police submitted a charge sheet to Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on October 31, 2011.