The court showed leniency considering the physical and mental condition of the convict
Bakhtiar Alam Rony, son of former Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the New Eskaton double murder case.
Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Session's Judge Md Monjurul Imam gave the verdict on Tuesday. The court also fined the convict Tk50,000 and, by default, he will have to serve an additional six months in jail.
After delivering the verdict, Judge Md Monjurul Imam said the highest penalty for this case is capital punishment, but the court showed leniency considering the physical and mental condition of the convict.
According to the charge sheet, an intoxicated 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 shot in the incident. Hakim succumbed to his injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 15; while Yakub 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. Twenty-eight of 37 prosecution witnesses testified in the case.
Rony had 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 license.