Court indicts five for blogger's murder in Bangladesh

| Updated: Jul 20, 2016 22:49 IST

Dhaka, July 20 (ANI): A Dhaka court on Wednesday framed charges against five members of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in relation to the murder of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman. The court also declared August 4 for the commencement of the trial, reports the Daily Star. Judge S.M. Ziaur Rahman of the third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court of Dhaka reading out the charges said three of the accused now in jail pleaded not guilty and demanded release. Two others - Akram Hossain Hasib alias Abdullah and Junayed alias Taher who are absconding were charged in their absence. According to the charge sheet Hasib, known as "Boro Bhai" among the ABT members, masterminded the killing. On March 30 last year, Zikrullah, Ariful and Junayed enraged by Oyasiqur's write-ups on facebook and other social media platforms, participated in the killing. Zikurullah and Ariful were chased down by locals as they were fleeing the site after hacking Oyasiqur to death at Begunbari in the capital's Tejgaon Industrial Area. The detective branch of police pressed charges against the five for their alleged involvement with the killing on September 1, last year. (ANI)