Nusrat’s friends testify in case against OC Moazzem

DHAKA Three new witnesses including two friends of

Sonagazi madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was killed by assailants for

protesting her sexual harassment by her teacher, today testified before court

in a case lodged against former OC of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem

Hossain.

The three witnesses are: Nusrat's friends Nasrin Sultana Furti, Nishat

Sultana and CID's forensic expert Mohammad Bodi.

Nusrat's friends' in their testimonies said Moazzem summoned them along

with Nusrat and video recorded their statements as well, by removing their

veils in his office.

After their testimonies, defence counsel Faruk Ahammed cross-examined

them at the court of Judge Mohammad As-Shams Jaglul Hossain of Bangladesh

Cyber Tribunal. The tribunal after that adjourned the hearing till November

11.

Investigation officer and Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) senior

ASP Rima Sultana is scheduled to appear on that day as the next witness. A

total of 11 witnesses have so far, testified in the case.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman lodged the case

on April 15 under section 26, 29 and 31 of Digital Security Act (DSA) against

Moazzem for illegally recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi's statement on video and

spreading it online.

Earlier on July 17, the tribunal framed charges in the case as Moazzem

pleaded not guilty.

The tribunal on June 17 sent Moazzem Hossain to jail after scrapping his

plea for bail in the case. Moazzem was arrested from capital's Shabagh area

on June 16.

The tribunal on May 27 issued arrest warrant against the disgraced cop a

day after PBI submitted its probe report over the incident.

According to the allegations, the former Sonagazi OC summoned Nusrat as

she filed a case against Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal

Siraj Uddoula for sexual harassment.

The police official in his room started quizzing her about the incident

and was recording the whole incident in absence of any lawyer or female cop.

He was seen scolding her and asking Nusrat indecent questions. Moazzem later

posted the video on different social media sites.

Nusrat was set on fire on April 6 by Siraj Uddoula's stooges and she

succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10.

Nusrat had accused Sirajuddoula of harassing her sexually on March 27

while she was exposed to his extreme vengeance on April 6 as she went to the

madrasa to appear in Alim examination.

A group of masked youths, later found to be the cronies of the disgraced

principal, took Nusrat to the rooftop of the madrasa and set her on fire

after tying her with her scarf.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)