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Nusrat murder case charge sheet today

Police to seek death for 16

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Police to seek death for 16
Photographs of 16 accused released by PBI

The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) is going to submit the charge-sheet in the Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case before a Feni court today. It will be seeking the death penalty for 16 people involved in the killing of the Feni madrasa student. At a press briefing yesterday (Tuesday), PBI chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar said 16 people, including Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s ex-principal Siraj-ud-Doula and local Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, were involved in the murder case.

“We have found involvement of 16 people in the arson attack on the madrasa girl that led to her death. After scrutinising all documents of the case, we are going to submit the charge-sheet, seeking the death penalty for the accused,” the deputy inspector general (DIG) of the PBI said at the PBI headquarters in Dhanmondi.

“In the 772-page charge-sheet, the role of each accused in the case is given in detail. Ninety-two witnesses have been included in the final charge-sheet,” he added.

According to the charge-sheet, Sonagazi madrasa principal Siraj has been made the prime accused and consequently the death penalty has been sought for him.

The death penalty has also been sought for the 15 other accused for taking part in the killing, aiding and abetting the killers of Nusrat.

The other accused are Nur Uddin, Shahdat Hossain Shamim, Maksud Alam, alias Moksud councilor, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Jobayer, Jabed Hossain, alias Sakhwat Hossain Jaber, Hafez Abdul Kader, Absar Uddin, Kamrun Nahar Moni, Umme Sultana Popy, alias Tuhin, alias Champa/Shampa, Abdur Rahim Sharif, Eftekhar Uddin Rana, Imran Hossain, alias Mamun, Mohammad Shamim and Mohiuddin Shakil.

Soon after hearing about the charge-sheet, attorney general Mahbubey Alam said the whole nation was demanding exemplary punishment of all those who were involved in the killing of Nusrat.

The government has taken steps for holding and completing the trial proceedings of the case quickly. People, irrespective of religion, caste, profession and age, have demanded capital

punishment for the accused within a short time, the chief law officer of the state said.

“Most of the accused in the Nusrat murder case have been arrested. I hope the trial proceedings start soon,” Alam said.

Nusrat, the madrasa student from Feni’s Sonagazi upazila who was set on fire on April 6, suffered 80 per cent burns and died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on the night of April 10. She had been kept on life support since April 8.

On April 6, the student went to the exam centre at Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa. Later, some students, who are loyal to the principal of the madrasa, took her to the roof. She was set on fire by four people wearing burqa, veil and gloves.

Hearing her screams, locals, students and teachers rushed to the spot and took her to hospital.

The victim’s elder brother filed a case with Sonagazi model police station.

The heinous incident occurred days after her mother filed a case against the madrasa principal, SM Siraj-ud-Doula, on charge of harassing the girl sexually on March 27.

OC Moazzem goes into hiding

OC Moazzem Hossain, whose name figured in the case, reportedly went into hiding as the court issued arrest warrant against him on Monday.

The arrest warrant was issued as his involvement in the case was confirmed.

The police officer, however, is now untraceable. No one knows his whereabouts. Two days back, Moazzem was seen in Rangpur city, sources said.

On April 10, he was arrested from Sonagazi. After his suspension on May 8, he joined the Rangpur Range Office last week.

Shariful Islam, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of the Rangpur DIG Range office, said Moazzem had joined the Rangpur office last week. “I have heard that he went to Dhaka at the call of the police headquarters. Now no one knows where he is.”

Allegations were made against the former Sonagazi officer-in-charge after Nusrat’s murder was found to be authentic by the PBI.

An investigation report was filed at the Cyber Tribunal by the PBI’s senior assistant superintendent of police, Rima Sultana, on May 26.

Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed a case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on May 15.

The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.

Involvement of others

Mohiuddin Shakil, an accused in the murder case, made a confessional statement before a court in Feni.

Shakil, who was also an Alim examinee of the madrasa, was on guard when Nusrat was set on fire.

Shakil had taken part in a human chain programme on March 28 and a procession on March 30, demanding the release of principal Siraj.

Umme Sultana Poppy, a key accused in the murder case, confessed to having called Nusrat to the rooftop moments before she was set ablaze on April 10. She also admitted to having been directly involved in setting Nusrat on fire.

Iftekhar Hossain Rana stood guard at the madrasa gate when Nusrat was set on fire. Rana was arrested from a quarter of T&T Residential area in Rangamati Sadar on April 20.

Ruhul Amin instructed Nuruddin and Shahadat to initiate a movement demanding Siraj-ud-Daula’s release from jail. Sonagazi Municipality councillor Maksud Alam gave them Tk. 10,000 for the job.

Later, another teacher of the madrasa also gave them Tk. 5,000 to stage a demonstration and burn Nusrat to death.

Shahadat, who directly took part in the murder, said that after setting Nusrat on fire, he fled the scene and informed the matter to Ruhul over phone.

What happened to Nusrat

After fighting for her life for five days, Nusrat succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on April 10.

On April 6, she was set afire at a centre of Alim exams, allegedly by students loyal to principal Siraj, after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.

The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has pressed charges against 16 people in the murder case.

The charge-sheet will be filed in the court on Wednesday (May 29), PBI chief Bonoj Kumar Majumder said while speaking to the media at the police headquarters on Tuesday (May 28).

He also said there are 92 witnesses in the case, seven of whom have given statements under Section 164.

 

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