6 sentenced to death in Bangladesh over ‘brutal’ murders of children

  • PTI, Dhaka
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2015 18:06 IST
Bangladesh police escort a suspect (C in handcuffs) in a murder case involving the brutal killing of a child, at a court in Sylhet on November 8, 2015. (AFP Photo)

Six people were sentenced to death on Sunday by two Bangladeshi courts for torturing to death two young boys, including a 13-year-old whose death triggered protests in the country after video footage of the brutal attack went viral.

Four people were sentenced to the gallows in Sylhet where the culprits murdered 13-year old Samiul Islam Rajon after hours of torture with sticks on July 8 after tying him to a pole, court officials said.

“They shall be hanged by neck until they are dead,” Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha pronounced as the convicts stood on the dock while one of them was exposed to justice after extraditing him from Saudi Arabia.

Rajon, a vegetable vendor and student of a local school was stabbed to death by the men who claimed he was involved in stealing a rickshaw van, an allegation that police said was found to be false.

The subsequent autopsy report said Rajon died of brain haemorrhage though the doctors found 64 injury marks in his body while the evidence suggested the boy was tortured for nearly four hours until he breathed his last.

The father of Samiul Alam Rajon, a 13-year-old boy who was murdered in July, reacts on the court grounds after the sentencing of his son's killers in Sylhet on November 8, 2015. (AFP Photo)

The killers also videotaped the torture and posted it on Facebook which eventually went viral and earned massive public outcry.

The 28-minute video showed the boy screaming for help, cried for water and begged for his life while the killers laughed and jeered at him as he cried out “somebody please save me”.

Beyond the four convicts, one was sentenced to life imprisonment and four were sentenced to different terms while three were acquitted out of 13 indicted accused.

In the second case, Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court Dilruba Sulthana sentenced two people in southwestern city of Khulna where they killed 12-year-old boy Rakib Hawlader, whose intestines were torn apart and lungs burst as the killers pumped air in his body using an air compressor through his rectum on August 3.

Rakib, who used to work at an automobile workshop, earned the wrath of his former employer as he had quit his job to escape his abuse.

“When air was being forced into his body with the pump, I heard him saying, ‘Uncle (the workshop owner), please stop now, or else I am going to die,” a friend of Rakib earlier told newsmen as he witnessed the torture while walking by the scene.

The judge handed down the death penalty to owner Omar Sharif and his uncle Mintu Mia while acquitted Sharif’s mother, who was reportedly also present during the murder.

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