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19 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 April, 2019 01:53:50 AM
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Nusrat murder

Timely action could’ve averted attack: DIG

TIB seeks judicial probe into police role
Staff Reporter, Dhaka with Our Correspondent, Noakhali
Timely action could’ve averted attack: DIG

The chief of the probe panel formed by the Police Headquarters to look into whether there was any negligence on the part of police yesterday said the arson attack on madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi could have been averted had the local administration and the madrasa governing body taken necessary measures about the March 27 sexual harassment.

While talking to reporters after their two-day visit here, Deputy Inspector General (Police Headquarters) of police M Ruhul Amin also said they found the evidence of fault of former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model Police Station Moazzem Hossain. He said investigation against the OC and other police officers is on and it will take some time to complete it.

Mentioning that Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, had some bad track records and the managing committee was aware of those, the probe panel chief said, "This incident (Nusrat murder) would not have happened had they taken steps earlier."

He also said local politics is also a factor behind the incident. "Two councillors of a party formed human chains in favour and against the principal."

Meanwhile, the main accused in the Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case gave his confessional statement before a Feni court yesterday.

The accused, Hafez Abdul Kader, was produced before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Saraf Uddin Ahmed yesterday afternoon.

The PBI arrested Kader from Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar area early yesterday, said PBI inspector Md Shah Alam, also the investigation officer of the Nusrat killing case.

Shah Alam told The Independent that Hafaj Abdul Kader had left the madrasa after the incident. He was very close to the Songazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa’s former principal Siraj-ud-daula. He is also a teacher of Hafez section.

In his confessional statement Kader said that he was involved with the murder and his part was to secure the escape of others as he kept watch on the madrasa gate. The whole murder plan was made in his room, he said.

Md. Iqbal, Superintendent of Police (SP) in Chattagram Division, confirmed the matter to the media.

Earlier, the three people, Nur Uddin, Shadat Shamim and Sharif who gave their confessional statements before the court, said they held a human-chain for the release of the principal. Later, they met him in the jail. Two days before the killing, they attended separate meetings. Hafez Kader was the main plotter who finalised the blue-print of the murder.

Later in the day, Md Shamim, an accused in the case, was placed on a five-day remand.

The PBI has so far arrested 18 people in connection with the incident.

 In another development, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday in a statement demanded judicial inquiry into the role of police in the Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case.

The anti-corruption watchdog, in a press statement, also demanded stringent punishment for those responsible for the killing. The TIB has said the number and scale of such cruelties against women have taken an unpredictable turn. Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of TIB, expressed hope that a fair investigation would be made and those involved would be brought to book immediately.

“There is no alternative of strong enforcement of law against the offenders and their cohorts to resist the situation,” the TIB said in the statement.

Nusrat, who was an Alim examinee, suffered 80 per cent burns when she was set on fire by four burqa-clad unknown assailants on the roof of the institution at Sonagazi on April 6.

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