Fifteen have been accused in 2 cases filed over a ninth-grader's rape and consequent suicide
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Mohanpur police station in Rajshahi Abul Hossain has been withdrawn for negligence in duty while investigating the suicide of rape victim Sumaiya Akhtar Barsha.
Additional Superintendent of Rajshahi (Sadar) police, Iftekhar Alam, said: "The district police headquarters formed a three-member probe committee to investigate Barsha's suicide."
The three-member committee, led by Additional Superintendent Matiur Rahman, was formed on May 19, with two other members – Iftekhar and OC of DB Mostak Ahmed.
"We were asked to submit the report within three days," Iftekhar said. "Until now, nine – among a total 15 accused – have been arrested."
Following the report, OC Abul Hossain was withdrawn and added to the Rajshahi police line, Superintendent of Rajshahi police Md Shahidullah said.
The two cases filed in connection with the incident were handed over to the Detective Branch (DB), Iftekhar said.
"DB is yet to decide upon the investigation officer for the cases," he added.
On May 16, ninth-grader Barsha, of Bakshimail High School, committed suicide by hanging herself at her own house in Bilpara village of Mohanpur upazila. The note left by her expressed her despair at ever getting justice for her rape.
Barsha's father Abdul Mannan said: "After kidnapping and taking my daughter to Rajshahi town, our neighbour, Mukul, raped her.”
"We complained to the police, but they did not take any action," Mannan said. "They only detained the accused for a while, and later released them."
Tortured at the thought of her accused walking free, Barsha committed suicide, Mannan said. "If they had been brought to book, my daughter need not have died."
However, the withdrawn OC Abul Hossain denied the claims: "I visited the victim myself, when she was undergoing treatment in Mohanpur police station. I assured her I would take care of the matter as soon as she recovered.”
"I did not commit any negligence in duty," Abul said.
Police are trying to arrest all of the 15 accused in the two cases.