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20 March, 2017 12:10:43 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 March, 2017 01:14:14 PM
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CID still waiting for forensic report

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
CID still waiting for forensic report

One year has passed since Sohagi Jahan Tanu, a student of Comilla Victoria College, was killed inside the Comilla Cantonment, but law enforcement and intelligence agencies are yet to arrest any of her killers. The law enforcement agencies have even failed to identify the killers of Tanu, who was found dead in the Comilla Cantonment area on March 20 last year, though they have grilled over 100 suspects.
Jalal Uddin, investigating officer (IO) of the Tanu murder case, said that they are now waiting to receive the forensic report of the case.
“We hope to receive the forensic report from the Criminal Investigation Department's forensic laboratory within a month. We'll then analyse the DNA and match it with the suspects to identify the killers of Tanu,” he added.
Jalal Uddin, also the senior assistant superintendent of police of the CID, said they have started questioning other suspects in order to detect the killers.
Since the killers have not
been identified even one year after the murder, the CID authorities called the IO to the CID headquarters yesterday to get updates of the case from him, sources in the CID said.
Talking to this correspondent over telephone yesterday, Tanu’s father Yaar Hossain, an employee of the Comilla Cantonment Board, expressed his frustration regarding the failure of the CID to identify the killers of his daughter. “I don’t understand why they have not found Tanu’s killers even after one year. It’d have been possible to identify the killers if the police and the Army put their mind to it,” he said.
“I want to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, asking for the arrest of my daughter’s killers. We’ll get justice from her,” he added.
“Now I no longer believe that the police would be able to find Tanu’s killers. May Allah bring justice to us,” he said.
Yaar Hossain shifted to a new residence in the Comilla Cantonment in January. He applied for changing his residence to the Comilla Cantonment Board and they allocated a new house for him. “I have shifted my residence as we didn’t want to stay here alone,” he said.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director Lt Col Mohammad Rashidul Hasan told The Independent that the DNA of 25 armymen, including the suspect Sergeant Zahid, have been taken so far. However, no match has yet been found with the DNA found on the victim.
Hasan said that over 70 people, including 40 armymen, have so far been questioned by the CID in conenction with the murder.
“We too want justice for Tanu,” he added.
“A court of inquiry has been formed under the Bangladesh Army, but it could not proceed further as all the evidence is with the CID,” the ISPR director said.
Sohagi Jahan Tanu, a second-year student of the history department of Comilla Victoria College and a member of the Victoria College theatre, was found dead in a bush next to a culvert inside the Comilla Cantonment area on the night of March 20, 2016. At that time, the SP of Comilla had hinted that an armyman was involved in the murder. The ISPR also issued a statement at that time saying they were assisting the probe as they wanted justice for Tanu.
The CID and other investigation agencies have so far grilled more than a hundred people, including Tanu’s family members and friends, military police officials, and children of Army officials.

 

 

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