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Sinha murder trial: Court starts third phase of witnesses’ testimony

  • Published at 12:59 pm September 20th, 2021
Suspended Teknaf police station OC Pradeep Kumar Das being taken to the Cox's Bazar District and Sessions Judge's Court on Monday, August 23, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Court hears witnesses in the case filed over the killing of the retired army major 

The third phase of witnesses' testimony in the murder case of retired Bangladesh Army major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan has started.

District and Sessions Court Judge Ismail Hossain of Cox's Bazar resumed hearing the witnesses for the third day on Monday.

The testimonial of witness Abdul Hamid has commenced the session, which will continue till September 22 , said Public Prosecutor Faridul Alam.

During the previous two hearings of the trial on August 23 and 25, the court has heard testimonies plaintiff Sarmin Sahria Ferdous, the sister of the slain army officer, and Sahedul Islam Sifat.

Thirty-six-year-old Sinha had gone into early retirement to pursue his interests. His father Ershad Khan was a deputy secretary at the finance ministry.

As an army officer, he served at the Special Security Force tasked with guarding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Sinha was shot dead by the police at a checkpoint on the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive on the night of July 31 last year.

The former army officer had been staying at Nilima Resort in Himchhari of Cox’s Bazar with three others for around a month to film a travel documentary.

After his death, the police said they fired in self-defence when Sinha brandished a pistol at law enforcers after obstructing a search of his vehicle at the checkpoint.