39 sentenced to death in Bangladesh for murder of Ekramul Haque

File Photo: May 20, 2014 shows a car of Phulgazi upazila chairman (Inset) Ekramul Haque burning after an arson attack in Feni.

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court yesterday sentenced dozens of men to death for the brazen daylight murder of a ruling party official in 2014, officials said. Ekramul Haque, the then Awami League leader in eastern Feni district, was dragged from his vehicle by a mob and hacked with machetes before being shot at point blank range.

The 47-year-old was then placed back inside his vehicle, which was torched. A number of those travelling with the local party leader were injured in the brutal assault. Court inspector Nojibul Islam told AFP that a judge in Feni district yesterday sentenced 39 men to death by hanging for the crime. Sixteen others were acquitted.- AFP

This article was published on 13/03/2018