A special tribunal in Dhaka has sentenced two housemaids to death in a case filed over the murder of former principal of Eden Mohila College Mahfuza Chowdhury Pervin. Judge Abu Jafar Md Kamruzzaman of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 pronounced the verdict at 1 pm on Sunday (October 4).
The death row convicts are housemaids Ruma alias Reshma and Rita Akter alias Swapna.
Police on February 11, 2019, recovered the body of Pervin from her Sukanya Tower flat at Elephant Road in the capital. Her husband Ismat Kader Gama filed a murder case with New Market Police Station against three, two housemaids Ruma alias Reshma and Rita Akter alias Swapna and Runu Begum, who brought the first two to that home.
Police later managed to arrest all the three accused. Of the accused arrested, Reshma and Swapna gave confessional statement in the murder case.
On July 21, Sub-Inspector (SI) of New Market Police Station Alamgir Hossain Majumdar, also the investigation officer of the case, filed charge-sheet against Reshma and Swapna, dropping name of Runu Begum, as police did not find her involvement in the crime. The court on February 9, 2020, framed charges against the two accused.
Earlier on September 30, both the prosecution and defence concluded their closing arguments in the case.
The court examined 27 prosecution witnesses out of 34.