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Kalabagan Rape: Family claims slow progress in probe despite evidence

  • Published at 11:23 am January 16th, 2021
Police escort Fardin Iftekhar Dihan, the lone accused in a case filed over the rape and murder of an O Level student in Kalabagan, Dhaka, to a lower court in the capital on Friday, January 8, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The prime accused in the case confessed to the charges against him before a Dhaka court

Despite having the information and evidence, there is not much progress in the rape and murder case of a schoolgirl, says the girl’s father. 

He made the statement after saying prayers for the deceased during Asr prayers at Taqwa Mosque in Dhanmondi on Friday. 

The student’s father said: “When the boy [Fardin Iftekhar Dihan] testified in court that he did this himself, how come there is so much investigation? Why can administration not be sure whether he was involved or not? 

“He himself has confessed to being involved. Therefore, the case should be taken forward as soon as possible.”

He said, "Whenever we ask the police about the progress of the case, they say that a lot of decisions will be taken after the DNA report is received.

“But this DNA report is not coming easily. At first they said it would take a few days, then it became 15 days, now they are saying two months. We fear that if there is no progress in the case now, nothing will happen next.”

Also read: O level student death: Dihan confesses to charges, sent to jail

Regarding the three friends of the accused who were released from police custody, the father of the student said: "We still think that the three boys were involved in the incident. We have consulted a lawyer. We will appeal to the court to detain and interrogate them. There is a hearing of the case on January 26. A decision will be taken on that day.”

On the night of January 7, the student's father filed a case against Dihan at the Kalabagan police station.

According to the case statement, on January 7, the victim left her house at around 11:45am.

Dihan called the victim's mother at 1:18pm and said her daughter had gone to his house at Kalabagan, where she had fallen sick.

Dihan asked her mother to go to the emergency department of Anwer Khan Modern Hospital, where her daughter had been taken.

When the victim's mother reached the hospital, the on-duty doctor informed her that her daughter had been murdered after rape.

After receiving the news, three of Dihan's friends went to the hospital and the police arrested them and took all of them to Kalabagan police station for questioning. 

Later, the police released the three friends. Accused Dihan is currently in jail.

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