A Dhaka court has said that it will deliver the verdict in the double murder case against Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony on May 8.
Dhaka First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judges’ Court Judge Md Al Mamun set the date on Tuesday, after hearing arguments from both the prosecution and defence. Md Abdus Sattar Dulal represented the state while Kazi Najibullah Hiru presented arguments for the defendant, who was also present before the court.
Earlier, charges were framed against lone accused Rony on March 6, 2016, after he was arrested on May 30, 2015. Detective Branch Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against Rony under section 302 of penal code on July 21 of the same year he was arrested.
According to the charge sheet, a drunken Rony indiscriminately fired gunshots from his car near the Dilu Road area of New Eskaton in Dhaka on April 13, 2015.
Rickshaw-puller Abdul Hakim and auto-rickshaw driver Yakub were both injured in the incident. Hakim succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 15. Yakub also died on April 23.
Hakim’s mother Monowara Begum filed the murder case on April 15, 2015.
Rony was arrested on May 30, 2015, based on information provided by his driver Imran Fakir. Rony’s friends Tiger Kamal and Md Jahangir, who were present in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, also gave judicial statements before the court.
On July 2, 2015, a Dhaka court sent Rony to jail after rejecting his bail petition.
Rony obtained a license for the firearm used in the shooting from the Dhaka District Administration in March, 2010, on the grounds of personal security. In June, 2015, a Supreme Court lawyer sent a legal notice to the home secretary and the deputy commissioner of Dhaka to cancel Rony’s firearm licence.