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Nusrat murder: Reshuffle in Feni administration likely

  • Published at 11:28 pm April 20th, 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

Different probe bodies found negligence of the local administration

The probe teams investigating the Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder have found evidence of negligence and irresponsibility of the local administration.

Probe teams, formed by the police and local administrations and the Human Rights Commission, have collected supporting documents which may prove the negligence of the concerned authorities.

According to insiders, a reshuffle in the local administration appears imminent against this backdrop. Many officials of the local and police administrations are worried over it.

Several concerned officials at the district administration, on conditions of anonymity, told Dhaka Tribune that Feni superintendent of police ASM Jahangir Alam, Additional SP Rabiul Islam, assistant SP (Sonagazi/Dagonbhuiyan circle) Saiful Ahmed Bhuiyan and officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Sonagazi model police station Kamal Hossain, are in the list.

In this context, Deputy Inspector General Md Ruhul Amin, who heads a probe committee, said: “Had the local administration and madrasa managing committee taken action when the sexual harassment was first reported, this tragedy could have been avoided.”

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“During the investigation, we have found preliminary evidence against the former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain and other senior police officers. These proofs will be submitted to the IGP immediately and necessary legal measures will be taken against the responsible officials,” he added.

Different probe committees have found negligence of the district and upazila administrations and the madrasa managing committee, according to the insiders.

Among the administrative officials associated with madrasa managing committee, negligence of its president additional deputy commissioner of Feni, Enamul Karim, additional district magistrate Akterunnesa Sheuli, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Sohel Parvez, Sonagazi Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) Nasrin Akter, Upazila Education Officer (Secondary) Md. Nurul Amin, Upazila Health Officer Dr. Md. Nurul Alam’s, have been found.

According to the family of the deceased and the local civil society, the local administration failed to properly investigate the incident due to the influence of the organized gangs.

In this regard, Deputy Commissioner Mofiduzzaman said an administrative inquiry committee has been formed in this regard. “If there is any wrongdoing, necessary action will be taken,” he said.

He said the post of president of madrasa committee is ex-officio. “There are other members of the committee. Everyone will have to take the responsibility… No one will be spared.”

According to the probe committee of National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Nusrat’s murder was result of a series of negligence beginning from the time of her admission at the Alim section Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa.

Nusrat, who was an Alim examinee, suffered 80% burns when she was set on fire by four unknown burqa-clad assailants on April 6.

The assailants, who were allegedly followers of madrasa principal Sirajuddaula, took Nusrat to the roof of the institution and set her on fire.

She was attacked for refusing to withdraw a case her family filed last month against Sirajuddaula for sexually harassing and assaulting her.

After she was set on fire, her family filed another case against eight people, including Sirajuddaula, on April 8.

The 18-year-old girl died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10 after five days in treatment.