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Nusrat murder: Charge sheet to be filed in May

  • Published at 03:50 pm May 4th, 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

Till now, 16 people have been found involved in her murder

The charge sheet of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi's murder, will be filed within May.

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) chief and Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Banaj Kumar Majumder, announced this in talking to reporters after the conclusion of a debate program, "Misuse of Technology in Oppression of Women," at FDC in Dhaka, around 1pm Saturday.

“We have proof against those responsible for her murder,” Banaj said. “Now we are just organizing the case documents. We will submit the charge sheet to the court within this month [May]."

“We found the involvement of 16 people and all of them have been arrested. Among them, nine people gave confessional statements before the court. At this moment three of the accused are on remand. If they reveal something new, it will be added to the charge sheet,” he added. 

However, PBI DIG Banaj said the investigation is not yet completed. “The owners of the shops from where the burqa and kerosene were brought have given statements. Attempts are being made for the statements of others.”

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In replying to a question, DIG Banaj said: “The involvement of 16 people at different stages has been established. The level of crime of each individual is different. In this case we will seek the maximum punishment for the accused.”

Asked about police involvement, he said two cases of harassment and killing, and one under the Digital Security Act, have been filed. 

“PBI has been investigating all of the cases. Former Sonagazi police station Officer-in-Charge (OC), Moazzem Hossain, recorded the video while talking to Nusrat, and shared it on social media,” he said. 

Answering another question, DIG Banaj said that there are still some technical details to be addressed. “For this reason, we need more time. We have already seized two mobile phones of the OC and sent it to a laboratory for forensic tests.”

PBI will file a time petition before the court, he added.

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Earlier, at the discussion, PBI chief Banaj emphasized raising awareness about violence and oppression against women. 

Oppression and harassment of women has increased in recent days

Debate for Democracy Chairman, Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron, said that different types of women oppression and harassment have increased in recent days using social media. “Although there are many complex laws including the Digital Security Act, women are being harassed using modern technologies,” he added.

It is not possible to prevent the oppression of women by making laws only or shutting down social media; it requires good governance, justice, and speeding up justice, he added.

Eden Women's College participated as the government party while Dhaka College was the opposition in the debate, which ended in a tie.