Nusrat Murder Case

PBI submits chargesheet seeking death for 16

The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Wednesday submitted chargesheet over the murder of madrasah student Nusrat Jahan Rafi before a Feni court, seeking the highest punishment of all of the 16 accused. The chargesheet was submitted to the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Zakir Hossain. The accused are Madrasah’s ex-principal SM Siraj Ud Doula, 57, Nur Uddin, 20, Shahdat Hossain Shamim, 20, Maksud Alam alias Moksud Al councilor, 50, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Jobayer, 21, Jabed Hossain alias Sakhwat Hossain Jaber, 19, Hafez Abdul Kader, 25, Afsar Uddin, 33, Kamrun Nahar Moni, 19, Umme Sultana Popy alias Tuhin alias Shampa alias Champa,19, Abdur Rahim Sharif, 20, Eftekhar Uddin Rana, 22, Imran Hossain alias Mamun, 22, Mohammad Shamim, 20, Ruhul Amin,55, and Mohiuddin Shakil,20.

The case will be transferred to the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal tomorrow and a hearing on the case will be held there. Earlier on Tuesday, Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar at a press conference said that a charge-sheet against 16 accused over the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi would be submitted on Wednesday (Today).

Majumdar said among the 16 accused, 12 have already given their confessional statements before the magistrate. The PBI chief said death sentence has been sought in the final charge-sheet for the 16 accused in Nusrat murder case. All the accused have already been arrested, he added. Nusrat had accused Feni’s Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasah principal Sirajuddoula of harassing her sexually on March 27 while she was exposed to his extreme vengeance on April 6 when she went to the madrasah to appear in the HSC equivalent ‘Alim’ examination.

Nusrat had been tricked onto the roof of the madrasa where the perpetrators set her on fire on Apr 6 for not withdrawing the sexual assault case against the principal. She lost her battle for life on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital. Nusrat’s brother Mahmudul Hasan Noman filed a case on Apr 8 naming eight persons, including the principal as the main accused.

Finding police negligent in taking actions against the accused, the case was later handed over to PBI and the Officer-in-Charge of Sonagazi Police Station was suspended.