Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal court of Judge Mamunur Rashid recorded Noman's partial statement and fixed June 30 as the next date for recording further testimonies in the case
The trial of the Nusrat Jahan Rafee murder case formally has undergone on Thursday with the deposition of the first witness Mahmudul Hasan Noman, the brother of the deceased and also a plaintiff in the case.
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal court of Judge Mamunur Rashid recorded Noman's partial statement and fixed June 30 as the next date for recording further testimonies in the case, according to the Feni Judge Court Public Prosecutor advocate Hafez Ahmed.
Earlier, the police produced the accused before the court amid high security. Noman in his statement described the circumstances of his sister's murder. After recording his statement, the lawyers interrogated nine of the sixteen accused in the dock.
The judge adjourned his court at 5pm setting June 30 as the next date for recording testimony and interrogating 7 accused who did not face questions on Thursday.
The defendants sought bail from the court, which fixed next Sunday for hearing their bail prayers. Lawyers of the accused drew the attention of the court to the legality of the formation of the complaint to the Women and Children Suppression Prevention Tribunal.
They objected about the article under which the case was filed. The court heard statements of 16 accused. Twelve of them urged withdrawal of the statements that they gave under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, or CrPC.
Nusrat, an Alim examinee and student of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa, died on April 10 from severe burn injuries four days after supporters of the now suspended madrasa principal, Sirajuddaula, set her on fire on the madrasa premises.
She had lodged a sexual harassment complaint with Sonagazi police station against Sirajuddaula on March 27. Sirajuddaula was subsequently arrested and sent to jail. Nusrat was set on fire when Sirajuddaula's associates failed to intimidate her into withdrawing the complaint.
Later, Md Shah Alam, investigation officer of the case and an inspector of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), pressed charges against sixteen people.
The accused are: Md Sirajuddaula, Nur Uddin, Shahdat Hossain Shamim, Maksud Alam alias Moksud Al councillor, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Jobayer, Jabed Hossain alias Sakhwat Hossain Jaber, Hafez Abdul Kader, Afsar Uddin, Kamrun Nahar Moni, Umme Sultana Popy alias Tuhin alias Shampa alias Champa, Abdur Rahim Sharif, Eftekhar Uddin Rana, Imran Hossain alias Mamun, Mohammad Shamim, Ruhul Amin, and Mohiuddin Shakil.