The five accused in the murder case of Sagira Morshed Salam (34) who were shot by miscreants more than three decades ago in Siddheshwari area of the capital have claimed their innocence and sought justice. They demanded justice by claiming their innocence in the court of Special Session Judge Mohammad Ali Hossain of Dhaka on Tuesday. The court then fixed the date of presentation of arguments on December 18.
The accused are – Dr. Sagira Morsheder Vasur. Hasan Ali Chowdhury, Ja Syedatul Mahmuda alias Shaheen, brother-in-law Anach Mahmud Rezwan, Maruf Reza and Montu Mandal.
Farooq Ahmed, the lawyer of the plaintiff, gave this information. The court accepted the testimony of 17 out of 57 witnesses in the case.
Earlier, the case was pending in Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1. As the case was not settled within 135 working days, the lawyer of the accused requested to send the case back to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court. Later, the court ordered the case to be sent back to the Metropolitan Sessions Court.
On December 2, 2020, the court ordered the trial to begin by framing charges against the accused.
On the afternoon of 25 July 1989, Sagira Morshed was shot dead in front of the Vikarunnisa Noon School in Siddheshwari. In that incident, her husband Salam Chowdhury filed a case against unknown persons at Ramna police station.
On January 16, 2019, Police Inspector Rafiqul Islam of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the charge sheet to the GR branch of the court.