Gazipur, October 25: A Gazipur court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to nine people in a case filed for killing a college student seven years ago in 2008.The death row convicts are Selim, son of Shamsul Haque of Niamot Road area, Jahirul Islam Jhantu, son of Nazmul Haque of North Chhayabithi, Jewel, son of Babul Mia of North Bilashpur, Bakka Sumon, son of Bakka Mia of Rothkhola Kakol slum, Asadul Islam, son of Sobhan of joydebpur, Tawhidul Islam Pritom, son of Abdul Malek of South Chhayabithi, Arif, son of Siddique of Tangkirpar, Hanif, son of Lehaz Uddin of Shamantapur and Ripon Ahmed Jewel, son of Ayub Ali of North Bilashpur.
The additional district and sessions judge handed down the verdict after examining the records of the case and witnesses.
The convicts were also fined Tk 10,000 each. On two other charges, they were sentenced to a six-month and two-month jail terms.
Five of the convicts were in the dock when the court announced the verdict while the others convicts were on the run.
According to the case statement, on Jan 8, 2010, Shahadat Hossain Shohag, a student of Bhawal Badre Alam College, was attacked with sharp weapons following an argument at Rajbari ground in the district town.
Later, he was rushed to hospital where the doctors declared him dead.