Vol. 5 Num 400 Tue. July 12, 2005  
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Alam Murder Case
Verdict deferred to July 31

A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed July 31 for the verdict on the killings of Zurain industrialist Mohammad Alam and three domestic help in January 2002.

The judgement in the sensational case was earlier scheduled to be delivered yesterday.

Judge Mohammad Rabiul Hassan of the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court issued the order changing the date as scrutiny of the statements of 57 prosecution witnesses was yet to be complete.

The court heard arguments from the prosecution and the defence for 51 days from January 9 this year, said a lawyer.

Hundreds of people carrying different posters and demanding capital punishment to the killers gathered in the court area to hear the judgement. They left apparently disappointed.

Security was stepped up on the court premises to avert any untoward incidents.

All the accused including Alam's two sons-in-law Motiur Rahman alias Matin and Mohammad Ali Babul Hasan alias Babu Jamai, now in custody, were brought to court yesterday under a tight security. Three others, now on bail, were also present in court.

Alam, 64, and the domestic helps -- Rahima, Sakhina and Kamala -- were murdered at his New Jurain residence in the city's Shyampur area on the night of January 2, 2002.

Matin filed a murder case with Shyampur Police Station the following day.

But the probe into the killing took a new twist and the CID submitted a final report on July 18, 2003.

The CID also filed a murder and burglary case accusing Matin, Babu Jamai and 24 others the same day. It pressed charges against 19 people on August 9 the same year.

Earlier, the case was shifted to the Speedy Trial Tribunal but after 135 workdays, it was sent back to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court.