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Return of alleged 'murdered' girl: Court grants bail to rest two accused

  • Published at 06:22 pm September 9th, 2020

If the plaintiff’s claim proves to be untrue we will surely take legal actions against them, said the lawyer

A court in Narayanganj has granted bail to the other two accused in the infamous schoolgirl abduction case.

The accused, prime suspect Md Abdullah and Md Rakib, a three-wheeler driver were issued the order by District and Sessions Judge Anisur Rahman on Monday.

Adv Rokonuddin, a lawyer for the defendants confirmed the matter and said the accused are free until police submit a charge sheet to the court.

“After submission of the charge sheet the court will arrange a trial. But if the plaintiff’s claim proves to be untrue we will surely take legal actions against them,” said the lawyer.

Earlier on September 2, the court issued a bail order for one of the three accused in the case, Khalilur Rahman, confirmed the lawyer.

A 15-year-old went missing on July 4 and she was presumed to be dead.

Following her disappearance, acting on a case filed by the girl’s father on August 4, police arrested the three suspects in connection with the reported abduction. 

On August 9, the accused gave confessional statements to the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Milton Hossain and Judicial Magistrate Ahmed Humayun Kabir.

The three confessed that they had dumped the teenager’s dead body in the Shitalakhya river after raping and murdering her.

In a surprising turn of events, on Sunday, Iqbal Pandit, allegedly the husband of the schoolgirl, called her family and informed them that she was alive and living with him. 

Iqbal and the schoolgirl were detained by the police shortly thereafter. 

Upon questioning by the police, the girl said she had taken off with her then-boyfriend Iqbal Pandit to marry him and had been absconding since then.

The prime suspect in the abduction case, Abdullah, with whom she was last seen on July 4, had no knowledge of her intentions on the day, proving him and the two other suspects to be innocent. 

Following the arrest of the three suspects, SI Shamim claimed that the schoolgirl had been murdered and her body was dumped into the Shitalakhya River by the suspects.

The events of this case have raised concerns about police’s methods of investigation and obtaining confessions, of committing a crime, even from innocents.

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