The hearing of four kids murder case in Habiganj has been deferred again due to the appeal of newly appointed public prosecutor (PP) for the case.
On Sunday, District and Sessions Judge Md Atabullah fixed October 16 for the hearing in presence of accused Abdul Ali, 60, who allegedly ordered killing the four children, his two sons Rubel Mia, and Jewel Mia, Shahed Ahmed Bashir and Habibur Rahman Arju.
Trilok Kanti Chowdhury Bijan got the appointment as special PP for the case on Sunday following an appeal of the plaintiff to appoint a new lawyer.
The PP said as he got the appointment Sunday, he requested the court to give him some time to study the case.
Responding to his request, the court deferred the hearing.
The previous hearing was scheduled on October 1, which was deferred on October 9 over the appeal of the plaintiff Abdal Mia, father of ill-fated child Monir Mia.
On February 12, Monir, 7, Zakaria Shuvo, 8, son of Abdul Wahid Miah; Mohammad Tajel Mia, 10, son of Abdul Aziz; and Ismail Miah, 10, son of Abdul Kader, went missing after they went to a nearby playground in the afternoon at Sundrateki village in Bahubal upazila of the district.
Five days later their bodies were found under sand at a place adjacent to the village.
Afzal filed a case with Bahubal police station on February 18.
Officer-in-Charge Moktadir Alam of Detective Branch of Police pressed charges against nine people in the case on April 5.
The district’s women and children repression prevention tribunal took the charges into cognizance and issued arrest warrant against three fugitives in the case on June 28.
District and Sessions Judge Atabullah took over the case, as the tribunal’s Judge Kiron Shankar Haldar had been transferred to another place.
Meanwhile, four of the accused, including Rubel and Jewel, gave confessional statements to the court.
Another accused Bachchu Mia was killed in a “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) soon after the incident.