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Rifat murder: 14 juveniles indicted

  • Published at 04:21 pm January 8th, 2020
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Police escort some of the accused in Rifat Sharif murder case into the Barguna Juvenile Court on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

A Barguna court 1 had indicted the 10 adult accused, including Rifat's wife, in the case on January 1

The Barguna Juvenile Court has indicted 14 juveniles accused in the case filed over the murder of Shahnewaz Sharif Rifat, also known as Rifat Sharif.

Judge Md Hafizur Rahman formally framed the charges against them on Wednesday morning, as confirmed by the plaintiff’s lawyer Mojibul Haque Kislu.

He said the court had fixed January 13 for the trial to commence through a recording of statements by witnesses.

The minors accused in the case are Rishan, 17, Md Rakibul Hasan Rifat Hawlader, 15, Md Abu Abdullah alias Raihan, 16, Md Oliullah alias Oli, 16, Joy Chandra Sarker alias Chandan, 17, Md Naim, 17, Md Tanvir Hossain, 17, Md Nazmul Hasan, 14, Md Rakibul Hasan Niamat, 15, Md Saiyed Maruf Billah alias Mohibullah, 17, Maruf Mallik, 17, Prince Molla, 15, Ratul Shikdar Joy, 16, and Md Aryan Hossain Srabon, 16.

All the accused were present in court during the indictment hearing, following which they were sent to the district jail, according to court sources.

However,  Md Aryan Hossain Srabon and Maruf Mallik were granted bail as their Secondary School Certificate exam will start from February 1.Judge Md Hafizur Rahman of the Barguna Juvenile Court accepted the bail on Wednesday evening.

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 Dulal Sharif filed a case of murder at Sadar police station.

Screenshot taken from the video that shows one of the attackers hacking at Rifat Sharif in front of Barguna Government College in Barguna town on June 26, 2019Police submitted two separate charge sheets against Minni and 23 others, including 10 adults and 14 minors, on September 1.

A Barguna court had indicted the 10 adult accused, including Minni, in the case on January 1.

The trial relating to that charge sheet too got underway on Wednesday, with Rifat’s father testifying at the District and Sessions Judge’s Court in the presence of the accused.

Breaking down in tears, Dulal told the court that he identified his son’s killers, including Sabbir Ahmed Nayan alias Nayan Bond, from the CCTV camera footage recovered by police.

In the first charge sheet for 10 adults, Md Rakibul Hasan alias Rifat Faraji was made the No 1 accused and Minni No 7; and in the second one for 14 minors, Md Rashidul Hasan Rishan alias Rishan Faraji, brother of Rifat Faraji, was made the No 1 accused.

Police, however, dropped the name of the prime accused, Nayan, from the first charge sheet since he was killed in a “gunfight” on July 2.

The adult accused are Rifat Faraji, Al Kaiyum alias Rabbi Akan, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy alias Tiktok Hridoy, Md Hasan, Md Musa, Minni, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, Md Sagar and Kamrul Hasan Saymun.

Of the accused, Musa is yet on the run, while Minni and Prince are out on bail.

Verdict on Minni's bail today

The Barguna District and Sessions Judge’s Court will deliver its verdict on rescinding Minni's bail.

Public prosecutor Bhuban Chandra Howladar filed an appeal to rescind Minni's bail for intimidating the witnesses on Wednesday.

Earlier on January 1, the court indicted Aysha Siddika Minni and nine adult accused in the case.

Public Prosecutor Bhuban confirmed the news and said: "Minni violated the terms of her bail. On January 4, Minni and few others went to  two witnesses' house and asked them not to give their statements during the hearing."

Minni's lawyer Mahbubul Bari Aslam denied the allegations made by the opposition.