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CID to probe money laundering allegation in Nusrat murder

  • Published at 11:56 am April 19th, 2019
Nusrat Jahan Rafi
File photo of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, an Alim examinee and student of Sonagazi Madrasa in Feni, who died on April 10, after being set on fire on April 6 Dhaka Tribune

Nusrat Jahan died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, five days after she was burned

The organized crime unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has started to investigate allegations of money laundering in the murder case of Nusrat, the Feni madrasa girl who died after being set on fire.

Sharmin Jahan, CID's senior assistant special superintendent of police, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Friday morning.

She said: "There are allegations of financial transactions in the murder of Nusrat. A CID team will investigate whether any such laundering took place and determine the source of the finances."

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Police have arrested a total of 18 people in the case so far, including: madrasa Principle SM Sirajuddaula, AL leader and municipal Councilor Maksud Alam, Nur Uddin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, and Abdul Kader.

Of the 18 arrestees, three gave statements before a court confessing to the crime. They are Nur Uddin, Shahdat Hossain Shamim, and security guard Sharif.

In his statements on Wednesday, Sharif said a total of seven persons—including Nur Uddin, Abdul Kader, and himself—guarded the gate when the attack on Nusrat took place inside the building.

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Sharif said: "The whole thing was planned at a meeting held the night prior to the attack, in the western dormitory next to the madrasa building. Shahadat Hossain Shamim directed us in our duties."

"On the day of the attack, a team of seven people—led by Nur Uddin—guarded the gate from the morning, while Nusrat was set afire inside the madrasa building by another five-member team headed by Shahadat Hossain Shamim. After the attack took place, they independently left their positions and fled the area," he added.

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Previosuly, on Monday, two others accused—Nur Uddin and Shamim—gave confessional statements in court. They implicated 12 other people, including Awami League’s Sonagazi upazila unit’s President Ruhul Amin, in the crime.

Nusrat Jahan lost her battle for life on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital five days after she was burned.