Arguments in the sensational Bahodderhat eight-murder case began here yesterday.
On the first day, two defence lawyers put up arguments at the court of 2nd Additional Metropolitan Session Judge Ekramul Haq claiming the accused as innocent.
Pleading for four accused Azizur Rahman, Ilias, Mia Mohammad Toufique and Alamgir Kabir Siddique alias Manik, Advocate Manzur Ahmad Ansary said although their names were on the FIR, there was no specific allegation against them.
He also claimed that they were included in the FIR only because of their involvement with a student organisation, and prayed for their acquittal.
Neither the confessional statements nor the witnesses identified them as culprits, he added.
Arguing for accused Solaiman, Advocate Kafiluddin Chowdhury said the confessional statement made by him was not a lawful one and it was taken after inflicting inhuman torture on him.
Neither the name of Solaiman was in the FIR, nor he was in Chittagong when the incident took place, said Advocate Kafiluddin claiming him innocent.
Challenging the arguments, Public Prosecutor Ahsanul Huq Hena said the confessional statements made by Solaiman and Imon were recorded in a lawful way.
He also reiterated the demand for capital punishment of the culprits involved in the incident.
Mentionable, charge was pressed against 22 accused in the case filed in connection with the brutal murder of eight people at Bahodderhat on July 12, 2000.
Ten of the accused were arrested.
Of them three Md Ilias, Mofizul Azam and Alamgir Kabir Siddique alias Manik were behind the bar, four including Mia Mohammad Toufique, Md Iqbal Hossain, Bazal Ahmad and Md Solaiman were on bail, and Abdul Kaiyum Chowdhury alias Rimon alias Imon went absconding after release on bail.