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Nusrat murder: Feni SP withdrawn over negligence

  • Published at 07:33 pm May 12th, 2019
web-The superintendent of police (SP) of Feni, SM Jahangir Alam Sarkar
The superintendent of police (SP) of Feni, SM Jahangir Alam Sarkar Collected

Earlier the OC and two sub-inspectors of Songazi police station were suspended over negligence in handling the case

The superintendent of police (SP) of Feni, SM Jahangir Alam Sarkar, has been withdrawn for negligence of duty in handling the case of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a madrasa student who died after being set ablaze.

Confirming the matter on Sunday, Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general (media and PR) at Police Headquarters, told Dhaka Tribune: "The Feni SP has been withdrawn and attached to police headquarters."

According to police sources, following the attack on Nusrat, allegations were raised against the role of police. Officials of Sonagazi police station allegedly tried to divert the incident making it appear as a case of suicide. 

Moreover, the Feni SP Jahangir Alam provided false information to the police headquarters in an effort to save the officer-in-charge of Sonagazi station.  

The probe report of the police found that OC Moazzem and sub-inspector Iqbal Hossain collaborated with the perpetrators in spreading false information that Nusrat committed suicide. SP Jahangir Alam, even after hearing the arson attack on Nusrat, did not visited the spot, rather set off for Chittagong. He was stopped on midway at the directive of DIG of Chittagong range.

Earlier on Saturday, two sub-inspectors of Songazi police station were temporarily suspended over negligence in handling Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s case.

Sub-Inspector Md Yusuf was attached to the Khulna Range DIG’s office, and Sub-Inspector Iqbal Ahmed to Khagrhachharhi police, said Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General (AIG, Media) of Police.

AIG Sohel also said that attachment to different units is a punitive action for police.

“They have faced departmental action on the recommendation of an investigation committee at Police Headquarters,” he added.

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On May 10, former Sonagazi police station OC, Moazzem Hossain, was temporarily suspended and attached to the Rangpur Range.

Moazzem was previously withdrawn from Sonagazi police station and transferred to the Armed Police Battalion (APBn), on April 10. His subsequent suspension came following a report a Police Headquarters probe committee formed on April 13 to investigate madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi's death.

Nusrat, an Alim examinee, and a student of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa, died on April 10 from injuries when supporters of madrasa principal, Md Sirajuddaula, set her on fire on the madrasa premises on April 6.

She had previously lodged a sexual harassment complaint with Sonagazi police station against Sirajuddaula on March 27.  He was subsequently arrested and jailed. Nusrat was set on fire when Sirajuddaula's associates failed to intimidate her into withdrawing the complaint.

On April 30, a five-member probe panel led by DIG SM Ruhul Amin submitted its report on the role of the police in Nusrat’s murder case.