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Rifat murder: 2 more accused confess

  • Published at 11:02 pm July 18th, 2019
Rifat Sharif-Barguna
File photo of Rifat Sharif Collected

Police have so far arrested 15 people in connection with Rifat murder

Two more people accused of murdering Barguna's Rifat Sharif—Mohammad Al Kayum, and another murder suspect Aryan Srabon—have confessed of their involvement in the crime, before the court.

They were produced before Barguna’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Serajul Islam Gazi on Thursday at 6:00pm. 

Under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Al Kayum, and Aryan Srabon confessed to the crime in the murder trial of Rifat Sharif.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Barguna police station Inspector, and Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, Humayun Kabir, said: “Each of the accused committed crimes in different patterns. One was involved directly, while the other said he was an accomplice. Their confessional statements were recorded in a manner consistent with their involvement.”

Till date, police have arrested 15 people—including Rifat’s wife Ayesha Siddika Minni—in the murder case. The prime accused, Nayan Bond, was killed in a reported gunfight on July 2.

Ten of the accused have made confessional statements in court, while three others are being interrogated in police custody.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, police were granted a five-day remand for Minni, the key witness of the case, to be quizzed over her involvement in the murder of her husband.

In a dramatic turn of events, Minni confessed to her involvement in Rifat's murder, claimed Superintendent (SP) of Barguna police Maruf Hossain on Thursday.

The police official came up with the statement at a press conference, which was organized after they arrested Rashidul Hasan Rishan, 20, another accused in the much talked-about murder case.

On June 26, 23-year old Barguna youth Rifat Sharif was attacked in broad daylight by a group of assailants wielding long, sharp weapons in the town's College Road area as his wife desperately tried to save him.

He later bled to death from the wounds caused by the attack, according to a post-mortem examination conducted at the Barisal Medical College Hospital.

The video of the attack later went viral on the internet, and it sparked outrage across the country.

Slain Rifat’s father, Dulal Sharif, filed a case with Barguna police accusing 12 people. 

The case took a new turn after Dulal pointed the finger at his daughter-in-law Aysha Siddiqa Minni.