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AG: Nation demands exemplary punishment for Nusrat murder culprits

  • Published at 07:26 pm May 28th, 2019
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam
File photo of Attorney General Mahbubey Alam Collected

The attorney general made the comments in response to reporters’ questions at his office on Tuesday

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has said he hopes trial proceedings over the murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi will begin soon, and the whole nation is demanding exemplary punishment for all the accused.

The attorney general made the comments in response to reporters’ questions at his office on Tuesday.

Law enforcement agencies have already arrested all the accused in the Nusrat murder case, and the government is taking necessary action to hold and finish the trial of the case in a speedy manner, he said. 

Meanwhile, regarding a writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the government’s decision to shift the venue of the trial in a case against her, the attorney general said: “They are just trying to delay the trial proceedings. Shifting the venue of a trial is nothing new in the country. As per the law, the government can shift the venue of a trial anywhere.”

Nusrat, who was an Alim examinee, suffered 80% burns to her body when she was set on fire on April 6 by four burqa-clad assailants on the roof of a madrasa at Sonagazi. The attackers were reportedly followers of madrasa principal Sirajuddaula, and attacked Nusrat as she refused to withdraw an attempted rape case her family had filed against the principal.

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 Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on April 10, after five days in treatment.

On 28 May, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) said the involvement of 16 people, including Sirajuddaula, had been confirmed at different stages of the murder.