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Rifat murder: Trial of minor accused begins

  • Published at 11:14 pm January 13th, 2020
Rifat Sharif-Barguna
File photo of Rifat Sharif Collected

Judge Md Hafizur Rahman recorded the statement of Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif, also the case’s plaintiff, against the accused on the first day of the trial, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Mostafizur Rahman Babul

The trial of 14 minor accused in the murder case of Shahnewaz Sharif Rifat, also known as Rifat Sharif, started on Monday at the Barguna Juvenile Court, which had also indicted them last Wednesday.

Judge Md Hafizur Rahman recorded the statement of Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif, also the case’s plaintiff, against the accused on the first day of the trial, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Mostafizur Rahman Babul.

Mostafizur, who represented the state during the hearing, also urged the court to order a medical examination to confirm the actual age of five minor accused. The court fixed January 16 to hear this plea.

The five accused are Md Rashidul Hasan Rishan alias Rishan Faraji, Joy Chandra Sarker alias Chandan, Md Naim, Saiyed Maruf Billah alias Mohibullah and Maruf Mallik.

Eleven of the 14 accused were brought to court by police earlier in the morning. The three other accused, who are currently out on bail, were also present in court during the hearing.

Rifat, 22, was mercilessly hacked on June 26 by a group of individuals in broad daylight in Barguna town, even as his wife Ayesha Siddiqua Minni tried to save him. He died from his injuries at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital later in the evening.

The next day, Rifat's father filed the case of murder at Sadar police station.

Police submitted two separate charge sheets against Minni and 23 others, including 10 adults and 14 minors, on September 1.

A Barguna court indicted the 10 adult accused, including Minni, in the case on January 1. The trial of the adult accused started last Wednesday.