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Nusrat murder: Demo staged in Dhaka seeking justice

A massive human chain was formed from the Ganabhaban to Bangabhaban

Update : 13 Apr 2019, 05:02 PM

A massive human chain has been formed, seeking justice for the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, in Dhaka. 

The chain - which stretched from in front of the prime minister's residence in Ganabhaban, to the president's official residence Bangabhaban - was formed on Saturday morning.

The protest was organized by the student affiliates of various political parties, NGOs and human rights organization in Dhaka's Asad Gate, Shahbagh, Elephant Road, Bata Signal, Katabon, Engineers Institute, High Court, Press Club, Paltan intersection, Dainik Bangla intersection, and Rajuk area.

Demonstrators stage a human chain, demanding justice for Feni Madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, in front of National Museum in Shahbag on Saturday, April 13, 2019 | Focus Bangla

Communist Party of Bangladesh President Mujahidul Islam Selim, protesting in front of the Bangabhaban, said Nusrat’s murder was a result of justice not being served.

“The culprits knew, as long they were a part of the ruling party, there would be no justice for the crimes they committed,” he said.

He claimed the ruling party can be also held responsible for the incident, as they carried out their criminal activities through their student affiliates. 

“The incumbent government came to power by rigging votes," Selim said. "The reward for those who aided them is unrestrained murder, rape and looting."

Students form a procession, demanding justice for Feni Madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, in Dhaka University campus  on Saturday, April 13, 2019 | Focus Bangla

Anandadyuti Khelaghar Ashor President, Laboni Shabnam Mukti, protesting from Asad Gate, said the protests will continue, as long as Nusrat does not receive justice.

Nusrat, an 18-year-old student of Sonagazi Islami Fazil (Degree) Madrasa, madrasa student, was set on fire by four burqa-clad assailants on April 6, a little before sitting for her Alim examination.

The assailants, reported supporters of the madrasa principal, Md Sirajaddaula, allegedly lured her to the roof, poured kerosene on her, and set her on fire.

Nusrat died on April 10, five days after she was set on fire, due to extensive burn injuries, at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital burn unit.

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