Zafar Iqbal murder attempt: One get life, another jailed for 4yrs

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Sylhet, April 26: A Sylhet Court has sentenced a man to life term imprisonment and another to four years in jail in the case filed over the attempted murder of renowned writer and Prof Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.

Sylhet Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal’s Judge Muhammad Nurul Amin Biplob passed the order at 12:40pm on Tuesday.

Foyzul Hasan Foyez got life term imprisonment and his friend Sohag Miah was given four years in jail.

The court also acquitted Foyez’s father Mawlana Atikur Rahman, his mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan and uncle Sunamganj district Krishak League leader Fazlul Haque in the case as the allegation against was not proved.

Prof Zafar Iqbal was attacked at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology campus on March 3, 2018. Foyzul was caught red-handed by the students and teachers and was handed over to the police.

Prof Zafar Iqbal was first treated at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and later at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.

The next day, the university Registrar Muhammad Ishfaqul Hossain filed a case under Anti-Terrorism Act with Jalalabad Police Station.

The investigation officer of case and the then officer-in-charge of the police station Shafiqul Islam pressed the charge sheet to the metropolitan magistrate court accusing Foyzul and five others on July 16 that year.

A Sylhet court on October 4 that year formed charges against the six and later in 2020, the case was forwarded to Sylhet Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal.