Thirteen people to walk the gallows over Aminbazar six-murder

On the night of Shab-e-Barat in 2011, a group of people killed six students near the Amin Bazar Bridge.

A Dhaka court has sentenced 13 people to death over the murders of six teenagers at Amin Bazar, on the outskirts of the capital, ten years ago.

Nineteen others were given life in prison in the verdict by Additional District and Sessions Judge 2 Ismat Jahan on Thursday.

Those given the death penalty were fined Tk20,000, while each lifer was slapped with a fine of Tk10,000.

The court also acquitted 32 others as the charges against them were not proven beyond a doubt.

On July 18, 2011, the night of Shab-e-Barat, seven friends, who were students of different schools and colleges in Dhaka, took a trip to Bardeshi village near Amin Bazar bridge under Savar police station.

Accusing the students of being robbers, a mob of villagers beats them to death.

The deceased students are Tipu Sultan of Tejgaon College, Towhidur Rahman Palash, Kamruzzaman Kanto and Ibrahim Khalil of Mirpur Bangla College, Shams Rahim Shamam of Maple Leaf International School, and Sitaf Jabi Munif of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology.

Their friend Al Amin, who was also with them, is the lone survivor. Police had filed a case with Savar police station accusing 500-600 unidentified villagers of the incident.

On January 13, 2013, the Rapid Action Battalion submitted the charge sheet in the case, and the court framed charges against the accused on October 30, 2013.

A total of 60 people had been accused of the killings. Names of three people were dropped from the charge sheet as they died during the trial, according to Public Prosecutor Ananda Chandra Biswas.

“Forty out of the 57 defendants are now in jail and one is out on bail. The others were tried as fugitives from justice,” he told the media earlier.