B'desh court sentences 39 ruling party activists to death
Dhaka, Mar 13 :A court in southeastern Bangladesh today sentenced to death 39 activists of the ruling Awami League for brutally killing a fellow local level party leader four years ago.
Ekramul Haque, the Upazila Awami League president, was hacked, shot and burnt alive by miscreants inside his car in broad daylight in Feni town's Academy area on May 20, 2014.
"The court handed down the death penalty to 39 people in this single case," a prosecutor told PTI over telephone from Feni.
"All the convicts were local leaders and activists of Awami League," he added.
He said the district judge's court, however, acquitted 16 people, one being a local leader of the main opposition BNP, though initially he appeared to be the prime accused in the case.
Haque's brother Rezaul Haque Jasim had filed the murder case accusing BNP leader Minar and 30-35 unidentified people.
A total of 44 arrests were made over the years and 15 of them confessed in court.