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Tonu’s family exasperated by exhumation order

  • Published at 09:18 pm March 29th, 2016

The family of Sohagi Jahan Tonu has expressed indignation at a court order to exhume her body, saying it showcased the investigators’ inefficiencies.

“She is being tortured even after her death,” Tonu’s uncle Alal Hossain said. “This situation could have been averted if the matter was investigated with due importance at the beginning.”

A Comilla court ordered the exhumation on Monday, eight days after Tonu’s murder, at the request of the investigation officer to collect DNA samples and perform a second post-mortem examination.

A police team has been guarding the grave since Monday. Comilla Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Lutfun Nahar has been tasked with supervising the exhumation.

“We will dig up the body once we get the order,” she said. “But we did not receive any order until Tuesday noon. It may be exhumed tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, students of Comilla Victoria Government College and around the country continued demonstrations demanding justice for Tonu. The college organised a special prayer for her.

Tonu, a second-year Victoria college history student and cultural activist, was found murdered inside the cantonment on March 20. She was buried at her village home in Muradnagar upazila the next day. Her father Yaar Hossain, a Comilla cantonment board office assistant, filed a case with Kotwali model police the same day without naming anyone.

The case was initially handed over to the DB on March 25 after police failed to make any progress. The Criminal Investigation Department was put in charge of the case yesterday, its Special Superintendent of Organised Crime Mirza Abdullah Hel Baki confirmed the Dhaka Tribune.

Investigators have so far made no breakthrough.