Eskaton double murder: Ex-AL MP’s son Rony gets life term

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Dhaka, Jan 30: Bakhtiar Alam Rony, the son of former Awami League parliamentarian Pinu Khan, was found guilty of murders and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here on Wednesday.He was also fined Tk 50,000 by Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge-2 Manjurul Imam. Rony will have to stay in jail for six more months if he fails to pay the fine.

The court said it sentenced Rony to life imprisonment taking into consideration his psychological and physical conditions at the time of the incident.

Rony fired indiscriminately on people near Janakantha Bhaban in New Eskaton from his car on April 13, 2015, injuring rickshaw-puller Abdul Hakim and Janakantha’s auto-rickshaw driver Yakub.

Hakim died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital two days later while Yakub died from his injuries at the hospital on April 23. A case was filed at Ramna Police Station against unidentified people on April 15. On June 1, Rony was arrested from his Dhanmondi residence.

The court was initially scheduled to deliver the verdict on May 8 last year. It was deferred as Judge Md Al Mamun said he could not prepare the judgment. The court pushed back the verdict date again on October 4 after the prosecution filed a petition to summon the investigation officer for rehearing.

Hearing of the arguments was wrapped up on January 15. Then, the court announced to deliver the verdict on January 30.