Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judges Court-5 recorded deposition of the first prosecution witness against six accused and fixed Wednesday as next deposition date.
All the six accused are now on bail. They appeared before the court during the trial proceedings on Tuesday. A total of 27 people would be testified as prosecution witnesses in the case, said court sources.
Earlier, on October 4, the court framed charges against the six people including five official of Bangladesh Railway in the case.
The six accused are - Shafiqul Islam alias Abdus Salam, contractor of M/S SR House, Md Jahangir Alam, senior sub assistant engineer (inspector of tube-well division) of Bangladesh Railway and four assistant engineers Md Nasir Uddin, Zafar Ahmed Shakir, Dipak Kumar Bhowmik and Md Saiful Islam.
According to the prosecution, on December 26, 2014, Jihad died after falling into a 17-inch diameter abandoned shaft, near his house at Bangladesh Railway Colony in city’s Shahjahanpur area while he was playing with friends.
Later, his body was pulled out by a band of indomitable volunteers the following day, around 15 minutes after the fire service called off a near 23-hour search.
On April 17, 2015, Abu Zafar, sub-inspector Shahjahanpur police station also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet against Jahangir and Salam over the death.
But on June 4, last year, victim’s father filed a no-confidence petition against the investigation report.
Later, the court ordered for further probe into the death. Following the court’s order, Sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman of Detective Branch of police, submitted a re-probe report against six accused on March 31.