Two to die for killing AL leader

A Natore court has awarded death sentence to two people in the murder case of Dr Aynal Haque Talukder, a prominent freedom fighter in Baraigram of Natore and local Awami League leader, after 18 years. 

Natore Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Saiful Islam Siddique pronounced the verdict on Monday. The court also fined Tk 10,000 each. The court, however, acquitted 11 other accused in the case. 

The convicts are Mohammad Torab, son of Bahar Uddin Mollah of Mahishbhanga village in Bonpara municipal area and Shamim, son of Palan Mollah.

Sirajul Isram, PP of the court and Natore Judge's Court, said that on March 28, 2002, a group of BNP leaders and activists, including Saher Uddin, led by the then Upazila BNP president Ekramul Alam, attacked Dr Aynal Haque Talukder's chamber at 

At that time, the veteran leader Aynal Haque dragged Talukder out of the chamber, beat him and seriously injured him with a sharp weapon. Aynal Haque's relatives rescued him and admitted him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. He died the next day while undergoing treatment there.

On March 31, Aynal Haque's son-in-law Nazma Begum, wife of current municipal mayor KM Zakir Hossain, filed a murder case. Judicial proceedings of the case started after the police handed over the chargesheet after investigation. Finally, after 18 years, the verdict in this case was announced.

According to the verdict, Aynal Haque Talukder was stabbed to death by the main accused Upazila BNP president Ekramul Alam and Saher Uddin. However, Ziaul Haque Sentu and Alamuddin, the accused in the case, were acquitted.