Tarique Bin Zohor, also known as Tamal, has been on the run for the past six years
One of the convicts given a life term sentence in the 2012 Bishwajit Das murder case surrendered before a Dhaka tribunal on Monday.
Former Bangladesh Chhatra League member Tarique Bin Zohor, also known as Tamal, surrendered before the Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 in the morning and sought bail.
Judge Abdur Rahman Sardar sent him to jail instead, the court’s bench clerk Abul Kalam Azad told the Dhaka Tribune.
The same tribunal on December 18, 2013 had sentenced eight Chhatra League members to death and 13 others to life imprisonment for killing 24-year-old Bishwajit, a tailor by profession, in Old Dhaka’s Lakshmibazar area in broad daylight on December 9, 2012.
Tamal, who has been on the run for the past six years, was handed life imprisonment in absentia.
While reading the verdict, the judge said Tamal’s punishment would be effective from the day of his arrest or surrender.
According to the court transcripts, Chhatra League members of the Jagannath University unit mistook Bishwajit for a BNP activist during the then opposition’s blockade on the day and beat and hacked him to death.
Of the 21 convicts, two – AHM Kibria and Golam Mustafa – had appealed against their life imprisonment sentences, and were acquitted by the High Court.
Apart from Tamal, the other convicts still on the run include Saiful Islam Saiful, Azizur Rahman, Al Amin Sheikh, Alauddin, Obaidul Quader Tahsin, Imran Hossain, Khandaker Md Yunus Ali, Monirul Haque Pavel, Mosharraf Hossain and Kamrul Hasan.