A Feni court sentenced 39 people to death on Tuesday for the audacious 2014 killing of Fulgazi upazila chairman, Ekramul Haque.
The verdicts were handed down at the District and Sessions Judge Court in Dhaka by Judge Aminul Haque, who acquitted 16 others including the prime accused BNP leader, Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar.
Ekramul was shot dead in broad daylight in Feni town on May 20, 2014, while travelling to his upazila office from his Masterpara residence.
His attackers intercepted the microbus he was on and fired at him from close range before setting the vehicle on fire. They fled the scene only after confirming the death of Ekramul, who was also the president of the local Awami League unit.
The next day his brother, Rezaul Haque Jasim, filed a murder case against BNP leader Minar and 30-35 unidentified people with Feni model police station.
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Images taken on May 20, 2014 show the fatal attack on the vehicle of then Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque in Feni town | Collected
Three months later police pressed charges against 56 people, who were indicted by the court in March 2016.
Of the 56 accused, 15 confessed in court while 19 remained absconding, of whom two were among those acquitted on Tuesday. Of the 39 convicts, 22 are behind bars while the rest are still on the run.
One of the key accused, Md Sohel alias Ruti Sohel, was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion in July last year.