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The High Court has upheld the death sentences of six persons for their involvement in the murder of Awami League leader Ahsanullah Master.

The bench of Justices Obaidul Hassan and Krishna Debnath on Wednesday gave its decision on death references and appeals of the convicts sentenced for the killing in Gazipur.

Ahsanullah, a popular Gazipur politician and Awami League MP, was gunned down on May 7, 2004, while addressing a local conference held on a school ground near his home.

A schoolboy was also killed in the gun attack.

Ahsanullah’s younger brother, Matiur Rahman, started the murder case with Tongi police the next day.

A Speedy Trial Tribunal on Apr 16, 2005 handed down the death penalty to 22 people, including the main accused, BNP leader Nurul Islam Sarkar, and life in prison to six others for the high-profile murder.

The convicts later appealed against the sentences. The hearing started on Jan 21 this year.

Ahsanullah Master, a freedom fighter, had served as the Gazipur Upazila council chairman before being elected a lawmaker twice in the national polls of 1996 and 2001.

He was a member of the party’s national council and the executive president of the Awami League’s labour affiliate.

His son Zahid Ahsan Russel is now the MP from the constituency.

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