Sunday, December 27, 2009

Fresh probe into killing of Prof Yunus demanded

Friday, December 25, 2009

Different quarters yesterday demanded reinvestigation into the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Muhammad Yunus while the trial process of the case against eight JMB militants is at final sage at Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal.

The tribunal fixed December 31 for holding argument between the lawyers of both sides on completion of recording statements of 26 prosecution witnesses and examining the accused on Wednesday.

"After the argument, the tribunal will fix the date for delivering the verdict in the case", said Public Prosecutor Entajul Haque Babu.

Teachers and students of RU economics department demanded reinvestigation into Prof Yunus murder case while observing his fifth death anniversary on the campus yesterday.

Hundreds of students and teachers of the department brought out a silent procession on the campus at around 11:00am and held a rally in front of the department.

Addressing the rally, Prof M Moazzem Hossain Khan, chairman of economics department, urged the government to reinvestigate the case. He slated RU administration for not dealing with the murder case properly.

Muktijoddha Santan Command, Bangabandhu Parishad and Bangladesh Economic Association also demanded reinvestigation into the case.

Prof Yunus of RU economics department was killed during morning walk near his Binodhpur house on December 24, 2004.

Inspector Mohammad Helauddin of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted the charge sheet in the case against eight JMB militants on September 10, 2007.

The accused are Shafiullah Tarek (follower of Asadullah Al Galib), Shahidullah Mahbub (husband of the executed JMB leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai's niece), JMB's regional commanders Abu Isa Enamul and Golamur Rahman Mostafa, militants Abul Kashem Tufan, Abdul Matin, Abdur Rahman Arif and Mujibur Rahman.

In the charge sheet, the CID brushed aside previous police findings of Shibir involvement in the killing despite two witnesses in separate judicial statements said that Shibir men were involved in the murder.

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