Investigators have made little progress into the murder case of Chattogram schoolgirl Tasfia Amin, found dead in the city’s Patenga area on May 2.
Police have arrested Tasfia’s friend Adnan Mirza from Khulshi on Thursday night. The family of Tasfia and Adnan claim that the murder mystery will be solved when suspect Sohail is arrested.
Mohammad Amin, the victim’s father, said, “Sohail is a close friend of Adnan. Everything will be solved if Sohail is brought to book.”
He alleged that Adnan had his daughter killed by his friends. “I want exemplary punishment for the killers,” Amin added.
Chattogram Metropolitan Police (Karnaphuli Zone) Assistant Commissioner Zahedul Islam said they were conducting drives to arrest Sohail and other accused, hoping to find out the reason behind the killing “within a very short time.”
Amin filed a case with Patenga police accusing six persons including Adnan, a ninth grader of Bangladesh Elementary School, Sohail, 16, Sowkot Miraz, 16, Asif Mizan, 23, Imtiaj Sultan Ekram, 24, and Firoj, 30.
Adnan is the son of Iskander Mirza, a businessman.
Amin claimed that his 16-year-old daughter, who studied at Sunshine Grammar School, and Adnan were involved in a romantic relationship for about two to three months. But their affair turned sour for some reason. That is why, Amin suspects, Adnan and the other accused took his daughter to the beach and killed her.
Tasfia’s father accused police of wasting time. “Police can arrest the accused within a short time if they want. The reason behind the delay is not clear to us,” he said.
Iskandar claimed that his son was innocent, saying that his family too wanted the murder to be solved.
Tasfia’s family members said she had gone out to meet Adnan around 5pm on May 1.
“My son is innocent. He (Adnan) left the house at 5pm that day. He saw off the girl in the evening and went to his aunt’s at 7pm,” he said.
“He went out again after receiving a call from Tasfia’s father and was with him until 11pm. He returned home at 11:45pm. Adnan was in the house until 5pm the next day. Then how was my son involved with the murder?”
Police: We’re trying our best
Police said that Adnan developed a relationship with Tasfia through Facebook five months ago. He had earlier studied at Sunshine Grammar School and later shifted to Bangladesh Elementary School.
Tasfia had been missing since Tuesday after going out to meet Adnan. The duo met at a restaurant in the city’s Golpahara on Tuesday evening. Adnan’s friend Sohail was also with them.
After Tasfia’s mother called her over phone, they went out of the restaurant and left the place separately by auto-rickshaws. But Tasfia did not return home.
Hours later, Tasfia’s family called Adnan and wanted to know her whereabouts. Adnan went to Tasfia’s house around 8pm and stayed with them until 11pm.
The girl’s body was found on the concrete block of the Karnaphuli River at the Naval Road area the next day with multiple injury marks to her knees and forehead.
According to the case filed by Amin, Tasfia’s face was bruised and battered and there were signs that her body had been dragged around.
Tasfia’s mobile phone could not be recovered. Meanwhile, her viscera samples have been sent to Dhaka to ascertain the cause of death.
Earlier, police had requested a Chattogram court to allow them to interrogate Adnan for 10 days in their custody. But the court rejected the plea and ordered on Sunday to question the suspect in presence of the superintendent of Gazipur Juvenile Correction Centre, since he was not an adult.
Patenga police’s Officer-in-Charge Abul Kashem Bhuiyan said, “We are trying our best to arrest the accused. We are conducting raids. We will be able to determine the real cause of death after getting the post-mortem report.”