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Nusrat killing in Feni: Family demand execution of judgment

Although three year have elapsed since the gruesome murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, her family is still waiting to see the execution of the judgment.

Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Madrasah, was set on fire on April 6 in 2019 on the roof of the madrasa she attended by people loyal to its principal Sirajuddowla whom she had accused of sexually harassing her.

She succumbed to her injuries on April 10, 2019.

On Saturday, a doa mahfil was held and munajat was offered seeking salvation of her departed soul on the 3rd death anniversary of Nusrat, said Mahmudul Hasan Noman, elder brother of Nusrat.

On Sunday, Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) will place wreaths at the grave of Nusrat, he said.

“Propagandas are being spread on social networking sites Facebook, Youtube, Instragram defaming our family by the relatives of the convicts,” said Noman.

Already a case has been filed under the ICT Act against their propaganda which is under investigation at PBI.

Talking to UNB, Shirin Akter, mother of Nusrat, said “We have got justice by the judicial court and I have heard that the condemned convicts filed petitions before the Supreme Court. We are requesting the Prime Minister to take steps for quick execution of the judgment”

On October 29, 2019, the death references of the death-row convicts reached the High Court, said the plaintiff’s lawyer advocate M Shahjahan Saju.

The Chief Justice formed a bench for hearing the appeal on priority basis but later the bench was cancelled due to Covid situation, he said.

No new bench has been formed yet to hear the appeal, he added.

The gruesome killing

Nusrat was set on fire on April 6, 2019 on the roof of Sonagazi Islamia Madrasha by people loyal to principal Sirajuddowla whom she had accused of sexually harassing her.

She succumbed to her injuries four days later at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

A case was filed with Sonagazi Police Station on April 8. Police pressed charges in court against 16 people.

Twelve of the accused reportedly confessed to their involvement in the killing of Nusrat.

Judgment

A tribunal in Feni sentenced the 16 people to death for their roles in killing Nusrat on October 24, 2019.

The tribunal also fined the convicts Tk one lakh each.

The convicts are madrasa principal SM Sirajuddowla, Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, Kamrunnahar Moni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil, Mohammad Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Absar Uddin

On May 10, 2019, Moazzem Hossain, the then officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model Police Station, was suspended in connection with the murder.

He was accused of unlawfully interrogating Nusrat and recording it on phone. A video of the interrogation went viral on social media, prompting a lawyer to file a case against him on April 15 under the Digital Security Act.

Source: United News of Bangladesh