The death reference of the publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan murder case where eight militants were awarded capital punishment has reached the High Court.
A Dhaka court on February 10 sentenced eight members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam to death in the murder case.
The convicts are Ansar Al Islam's top commander Syed Ziaul Haque alias Maj (sacked) Zia, Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran, Abdus Sabur alias Samad alias Sujon alias Raju, Khairul Islam alias Fahim alias Jishan, Sheikh Abdullah, Abu Siddiq Sohel, Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon and Akram Hossein alias Hasib.
Of them, Zia and Akram are still absconding while the rest are behind the bars.
Jagriti Prokashani publisher Dipan, also son of Dhaka University's former professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq, was stabbed to death at his office in Shahbagh on October 31, 2015.
On November 2 that year, Razia Rahman, the victim's wife, filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing some unknown persons.
On November 14, 2018, Assistant Commissioner Md Fazlur Rahman of Detective Branch (DB) of police pressed charges against the eight members of banned militant outfit.
The tribunal framed charges against them on October 13, 2019.