A court has framed charge against five accused in a case filed over the murder of Jakia Sultana Rupa, a law student and multinational company employee.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal acting Judge Rabiul Hasan, also Tangail District and Sessions Judge, passed the order on Wednesday.
The court rejected the discharge petition and bail petition filed by the accused.
The court also set January 3 next to record deposition of witnesses in the case.
On October 25, a court accepted the chargesheet against accused -- bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir -- in the case.
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Rupa, 27, was murdered after being gang-raped in a moving bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on August 25.
Police recovered Rupa’s body from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night.
Following autopsy, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, the victim's relatives identified her seeing her photograph.
On August 28, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh over the killing of Rupa.
On August 31, police exhumed Rupa’s body and handed it over to her family for burial.
Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She was working at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.