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7 years of Tonu murder: Teachers, students of Comilla Victoria College demand justice

The teachers also held a protest rally in the college campus

Update : 20 Mar 2023, 11:58 PM

Teachers and students of Comilla Victoria College have demanded justice over the gruesome murder of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, a second-year student of the History Department and promising theatre worker, in 2016.

The College theatre family organized a milad mahfil on Monday remembering Tonu. Moreover, the teachers also held a protest rally on the campus.

Md Rubel Hossain, president of college theatre, deplored that Tonu's murder had not been properly investigated and there was no justice even after seven years.

Jitendranath Tarafdar, the organization's advisor and associate professor of the Culture Department, said that Tonu's murder should be properly investigated. “This is the demand of all people of the country,” he said.

College Principal Professor Dr Abu Zafar Khan demanded quick completion of the investigation and a fair trial in connection with the much-talked murder.

Tonu went missing on March 20, 2016, after she left home for tutoring at a house inside Comilla Cantonment. Her body was later found abandoned in a bush. The next day, Tonu's father filed a murder case against unknown assailants at Kotwali model police station.

Tonu's family members are also in despair as the investigation remains sluggish. 

“None from the investigating agency has contacted us recently. There has been no progress except for the change in investigation officer,” she told Dhaka Tribune.

“Autopsies were conducted on her body twice, but the investigators could not resolve the mystery behind her death. I demand that the trial in the case be concluded before my death,” Anwara said.

Since September 2020, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has been dealing with the sensational case. The investigation officer claimed that the probe was going on following all procedures but refused to disclose details.

Previously, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Detective Branch (DB) of police and Kotwali police probed the case.

In May 2017, the CID informed the media of finding the semen of three men, who reportedly raped her before the murder, but the progress of the probe was not disclosed.

In October of the same year, the three people suspected by Tonu's mother were interrogated in Dhaka.

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