An activist of ruling Awami League was shot to death and at least five other activists received injuries in a clash between its two factions in Kanchan Bridge area of Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj district on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Mohammad Sujon, son of Monu Miah, resident of Rupshi Gobindapur village of the Kayetpara union.
Witnesses said two groups of AL-men – one supporting Kayetpara Union Chairman Rafiqul Islam and the other supporting local MP Gazi Golam Dastagir – took positions in the bridge area around 11am to obstruct BNP leaders and activists.
Their aim was to thwart any probable BNP ‘disturbances’ centring verdict against Khaleda Zia. But at one stage, the supporters of both groups locked into an altercation among themselves over establishing supremacy in the area.
A special court in here today handed down five-year imprisonment to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after convicting her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka delivered the verdict on Thursday afternoon.
Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman and four others have also been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the same case.
Earlier, the court started reading out the summary of the 632-page verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case at 2pm, soon after Khaleda reached the court.
Her motorcade has reached the Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area around 1:40pm, our correspondents have reported from the spot.
Two other accused in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case—Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, and Sharfuddin Ahmed— have also been taken to the court premises at Bakshibazar this morning.
They were taken to the court in a prison van around 9:00am, our sources added.
Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed the date on January 25 after the defence closed their arguments.
On December 19, the prosecution concluded their argument and sought the maximum punishment for Khaleda.
On July 3, 2008, the ACC filed Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police accusing Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others of misappropriating over Tk 2.1 crore that was received as grants for orphans via a foreign bank.
With UNB input