No charge sheet in seven years

Our Correspondent . Narayanganj | Published: 01:04, Mar 06,2020


Tanwir Muhammad Tawqi

The Rapid Action Battalion assigned to investigate into murder of Tanwir Muhammad Tawqi in Narayanganj has not submitted the charge sheet in seven years since the 17-year old brilliant student was killed in cold blood.

Tawqi, then an A-level student at ABC International School in the river port city, was abducted on March 6, 2013. Two days later, his body was found floating in a canal.

Tawqi’s family and the people in Narayanganj would observe Tawqi’s seventh death anniversary today.

RAB officials said, as in the past, that they were investigating into the murder case with due importance.

The victim’s father Rafiur Rabbi filed the case with Narayanganj Police Station on March 8, 2013, without naming the suspects.

On March 18, 2013, Rabbi gave the names of seven suspects to the then Narayanganj superintendent of police.

The suspects include ruling Awami League MP AKM Shamim Osman, his son Ayon Osman, their associates Jahirul Islam Parvej, who went missing a few months after Twaqi was murdered, Mizanur Rahman Sujon, Rajib Das, Saleh Rahman Simanto and Rifat.

As there has been no headway in the investigations by the police, on May 28, 2013, the High Court Division responding to the plaintiff’s appeal, ordered the RAB to investigate into the case.

In March 2014, the then RAB additional director general Ziaul Ahsan told media that the RAB found the involvement of Ajmeri Osman and 10 others in Tawqi’s murder.

Court officials said that two suspected assailants, Yousuf Hossain Liton and Sultan Shawkat Bhramar in their confessional statements gave detailed accounts of how Tawqi was murdered on the night of March 6, 2013.

RAB-11 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Imran Ullah Sarkar could not be reached for comments on the latest situation of their investigation.

Tawqi’s father Rafi alleged that no charge sheet was submitted by RAB until now as the murderers belonged to influential quarters, though RAB within one year claimed that the probes had been completed.

‘This cannot happen in a civilized society. It cannot be an example of the rule of the law in any country,’ he said.

Following the murder, protesters in Narayanganj formed a platform to seek justice under the banner Santrash Nirmul Tawqi Mancha.

The mancha will hold a discussion tomorrow at National Press Club in the capital marking the seventh death anniversary of Tawqi.

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