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The verdict in sensational Rajshahi University (RU) Professor Dr Sheikh Taher Ahmed murder case will be delivered today

Rajshahi speedy trial tribunal fixed the date of judgment after three days' argument on May 6.

Tight security measures have been taken to maintain peace on the court premises and its surroundings.

Earlier, police intelligence feared that RU Shibir men in collaboration with Jamaat cadres from outside might stage showdown on the court premises.

Taher's colleague Dr Mia Mohammad Mohiuddin and former Rajshahi University Islami Chhatra Shibir president Mahbubul Alam Salehi are accused in the case as masterminds among six accused.

Three killer suspects Jahangir, Salam and Nazmul provided judicial confessions.

Another accused Azimuddin Munshi and Mohiuddin are now on bail while the rest others are in jail.

According to charges, Mohiuddin and Salehi were directly involved in the murder. They masterminded the killing promising computers and jobs to hired killers.

Mohiuddin hatched the conspiracy as he apprehended that Taher might damage his career and would stand on way to promotion. This is because, Taher detected 'piracy' in his research papers. Salehi got involved for organisational gains.

Investigation and trial of the case witnessed several interruptions.

Dr Taher, a senior professor of Geology and Mining Department was killed on February 1, 2006. Police recovered the body from a sewerage well behind his house on the campus on February 3.

Police arrested all five accused including Mohiuddin within seven days of killing. Mohiuddin's arrest needed government clearance as he is a university teacher.

Salehi remained out of police drag net till his surrender to court in April last year as Jamaat-Shibir leaders protected and sheltered him almost openly.

Local Jamaat-Shibir leaders held a big showdown in the city with Salehi on February 10, 2006. They boasted and asked policemen 'to catch Salehi if they have the bravery'.

Journalists were not allowed to follow proceedings of trial at courtroom since shifting of the case to speedy trial tribunal.

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