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Four people languishing in jail without trial for almost one and a half decades were produced before the High Court on Sunday.

They were arrested in four separate murder cases and denied bail. The trial process remained stalled for years.

The Kashimpur central jail authorities took the four to the High Court which earlier asked them to produce the detainees.

Of them, Chand Miah, Makbul Hossain and Sentu alias Kamal have been in jail for 16 years and Billal Hossain has been confined for 14 years.

On 29 November, a High Court bench of justice Enayetur Rahim and justice JBM Hassan issued a suo moto rule, asking the jail authorities to produce the four before the court following a television report in this regard.

The court wanted to know within 10 days why they should not be granted bail. The HC also asked the authorities concerned to produce relevant documents of the cases.

According to an investigation, Chand Miah has been detained since his arrested in connection with a murder case lodged with Shyampur police in the capital on 7 December 2001.

Makbul Hossain of Madaripur was arrested on 7 February 2000 following a murder case filed against him there. Sentu alias Kamal has been in jail since he was arrested on 18 April 2001 in connection with another murder case with the Motijheel police station.

Billal Hossain has been detained from 21 November 2002 after he was implicated in a murder case filed with the Tejgaon police station.

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