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Four witnesses testify in Bishwajit murder case

Update : 21 Aug 2013, 09:45 AM

A “seizure list” witness of the Bishwajit Killing Case identified the killer before a court on Wednesday.

Witness Md Yousuf Bepari, a line secretary of transport company Bahadur Shah Paribahan, identified Mohammad Rafiqul Islam alias Shakil, as the one who hacked Bishwajit on December 9 last year in downtown Dhaka.

Yousuf, who witnessed the drive in which law enforcers recovered the machete  used by Shakil to hack Bishwajit from a dustbin near their office, gave his deposition before ABM Nizamul Haque, judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal 4.

Abdur Razzak, another line secretary of the transport company, also gave his deposition in which he had said police recovered the machete following the information given by Shakil.

The investigation officer produced the machete that Shakil allegedly used to hack Bishwajit.

A seizure list is a list that law enforcers prepare, of materials that they recover in connection with a crime.

The tribunal on Wednesday also recorded the deposition of two other “charge sheet” witnesses of the prosecution namely cleaner Parboti Hawlader and tea stall owner Md Shahid, and fixed August 25 for recording the depositions of the other prosecution witnesses.

The court has so far recorded the deposition of a total of 13 prosecution witnesses, including the last four.

In her deposition, witness Parboti said she had seen blood on the floor of the Intensive Dental Care inside which Bishwajit was hacked.

She also said she had been told by one Md Saiful, who worked at the Intensive Dental Care, that some men hacked a young man inside the chamber. She then cleaned the floor of the chamber with water.

Parboti also said she did not mention the name of the accused in her deposition because she was not a direct witness and that she had watched the incident on television.

Following the depositions, only Shakil’s lawyer cross examined the witnesses.

The counsels of the other accused declined saying they did not need to cross examine as today’s witnesses had not mentioned the names of their clients.

Bishwajit Das, a 24-year-old tailor from the Shakhari Bazar area in the capital, was hacked to death allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Jagannath University unit during the opposition’s countrywide road-blockade programme on December 9 last year.

On March 5, Inspector of Detective Branch of Police Tajul Islam, also the investigation officer of the case filed in connection with the killing, pressed charge sheet against 21 activists of the ruling party student front.

Of them, eight men including Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, AHM Kibria, Quiyum Miah Tipu, GM Rasheduzzaman Shaon, Saiful Islam, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam alias Shakil, Emdadul Haque Emdad and Golam Mostafa are now jail.

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