"Black will take no other hue," the accused in a Feni court again proves it true
What are the best places to pickpocket phones? An overcrowded place, perhaps. But it is hard to imagine such a scene in an open courtroom.
Naraynganj's Golaf Hossain leaves nothing to the imagination.
Golaf - accused in a theft case in Feni - was present before the court. Two of his sidekicks were also there.
Another suspect in a different case, Jasim Uddin, was also at the same court for a hearing.
The court was full of activity and noise. Plaintiff, lawyers, accused – everyone had things to do. A sudden shout, inside the courtroom, silenced the noise.
Accused Jasim, at 11am, started shouting: "Where's my phone? Someone must have stolen it."
Another accused Golaf had pickpocketed his phone this is what Jasim had to say. But when Golaf denied the allegation, the police and the public searched him from head to toe and found a smartphone in his pants' pocket.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Zakir Hossain then passed an order to file a case. Following Zakir's direction, Jasim field a case against Golaf and his two associates.
The magistrate then conducted a summary trial in the open courtroom and took confessional statements of the accused Golaf.
Court Inspector Md Golam Zillani said: "They are an organised gang of Naraynganj and pickpocketing is their everyday business. The accused confessed that he had pickpocketed the mobile in the courtroom and tried to escape."
During the summary trial, the magistrate sent the main accused Golaf and his associates Shahjahan and Md Masud Rana to jail for one year and six months' imprisonment separately.
Jasim expressed satisfaction over the trial, saying the verdict will surely "restore peole's faith in the judiciary."