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Nusrat murder case: Defendants' argument concluded

  • Published at 09:02 pm September 26th, 2019
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Feni's Sonagazi Madrasa Principal and main accused in the arson attack case of a student from the same madrasa, being escorted by police in Feni, August 5, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The case is proceeding towards a verdict

The hearing of arguments in Feni’s Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case has ended.

Judge Mamunur Rashid of Feni's Women and Child Abuse Prevention Tribunal heard arguments from the defence lawyers on Thursday.

The court also fixed September 29 as the next date for the case.

Public prosecutor Advocate Hafez Ahmed said that arguments on behalf of the accused persons were concluded in 12 working days. 

“As a result, the case is now proceeding towards a verdict,” he added.

According to the court, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) filed a 808-page charge sheet in the court on May 29.

Of the sixteen accused in the charge sheet, 12 had given confessional statements in the court.

On May 30, the case was transferred to Feni's Women and Children Abuse Prevention Tribunal.

The trial began on June 10 when the case was brought before the court. On June 20, the trial court framed charges against sixteen accused. 

What happened?

On April 6, Nusrat, an 18-year-old Alim examinee, was set on fire on the roof of the madrasa by people loyal to Sirajuddaula, the principal, in broad daylight, after she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment case her family filed against him on May 27.

She succumbed to her critical burn injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10-which sparked a nationwide outrage, and prompted the authorities to take swift actions.

The Police Bureau of Investigation on May 29 submitted the charge sheet in the murder case against 16 people, including Sirajuddaula. The tribunal indicted them on June 20.