Four people were awarded death sentences and one with seven years rigorous imprisonment in connection with the murder of law student Zakia Sultana Rupa.
Tangail's Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain Miah has pronounced the verdict on Monday (today).
Bus driver Habibur, 45, and his helpers Shamim, 26, Akram, 35, and Jahangir, 19, were sentenced to death while the bus supervisor Safar Ali, 55, sentenced to seven years in prison.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abul Hossain Miah also directed the authorities to seize the bus and hand over its ownership to Rupa’s family.
Zakia Sultana Rupa was a resident of Sirajganj's Tarash and studied at Ideal Law College in Dhaka.
On August 25, she was travelling from Bogra to Mymensingh after appearing in the government’s teachers registration test.
The law enforcers recovered her body on Tangail-Mymensingh Highway in Pachish Mile area of Madhupur upazila around 11pm on the day.
Failing to identify the victim, police buried the body the next day after the autopsy and a murder case was also filed against unidentified criminals on the same day.
Rupa's family members identified the body on August 28 after seeing her photo in newspapers.
On basis of the information provided by her family members, the law enforcers arrested five staffers of the bus from Madhupur on August 29.
During interrogation, the arrestees admitted that they killed Rupa after raping her. The criminals were sent to jail after their confessional statement was recorded under Section 164.