The court also acquitted eight other accused in the case
A Rajshahi court has given the death penalty to three people in a case filed over the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Dr AKM Shafiul Islam in 2014.
Judge Anup Kumar of Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal passed the order around 12:30pm yesterday.
The court also acquitted eight other accused in the case as the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence against them.
The death-row convicts are - Abdus Samad Pintu, Ariful Islam Manik and Sabuj Sheikh. Of them, Sabuj Sheikh is on the run. All of them were involved in BNP’s politics.
Public Prosecutor Entajul Haque Babu confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
After the verdict, victim’s son Soumin Shahrid said: “I have no comments in reaction to the verdict. However, I have confusion over the transparency of the case’s investigation.”
On November 15, 2014, unidentified assailants stabbed Prof Shafiul to death when he was returning home in Choddopai area of Rajshahi city.
The next day, the incumbent RU registrar filed the murder case accusing unknown persons.
On November 30, 2015, Inspector Rezaus Sadik of police’s Detective Branch submitted the charge sheet accusing 11 people in the case.