Malda, Aug. 27: A court here today pronounced four members of a family, including two women, guilty in connection with the murder of an assistant sub-inspector in Ratua in 2010.
Sheikh Ansarul, 50, a former army jawan, his wife, Mamuda Bibi, 45, their son, Rasel Sheikh, 32, and his wife, Khatija Bibi, 27, were convicted by the additional district and sessions judge, Bibhas Patnaik.
The judge will pronounce the sentence on Friday.
According to police sources, assistant sub-inspector, Sanath Ghosh, 40, had been hacked to death on the night of January 22, 2010, by the guilty at Chandpur in Ratua. Accompanied by two home guards and two personnel of the National Volunteers Force, the officer had gone to arrest Rasel and Hyat, two sons of Ansarul, in connection with an abduction case. Hyat was not at home and as soon as Ghosh entered Ansarul’s house, he was forced into a room and hacked. Bombs were thrown at the other policemen,” said a source.
The driver of the vehicle in which the police team had come and the four others fled and informed the Ratua police station about the incident. “A large force went to the spot and rescued a severely bleeding Ghosh. He was taken to the block health centre where he died of his injuries,” said the source.
Five days later, Ansarul was arrested from a bus stand in Raiganj. Ansarul’s wife, son and daughter-in-law were arrested soon after.
Public prosecutor, Mohammad Iqbal Alam, said 25 people had deposed during the trial. “The main accused, Ansarul, has been charged under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The three others have been charged under Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging duty) and Section 186 (obstruction of public servant from discharge of duty) for which a maximum two years of imprisonment or fine or both could be imposed.”
Ansarul said he was not guilty. “I am not guilty, I have to run my family, I have done nothing,” he managed to say in court.