Nurul Islam Murder

Judicial probe ordered against Puthia OC for omitting SL leader from FIR

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:22, Sep 17,2019


The High Court Division on Monday directed the chief judicial magistrate of Rajshahi to investigate whether or not Puthia police station’s officer-in-charge Shakil Uddin Ahammed had manipulated the first information report to divert the course of probe of the murder of Sharak Paribahan Motor Shramik Union’s former general secretary Nurul Islam.

OC Shakil is accused of diverting course of the investigation in the murder case by not recording the complaint of the daughter of the victim in the FIR and dropping the name of main accused Abdur Rahman Potol, who had allegedly killed her father after losing Sarak Paribahan Shramik Union election on April 24.

Potol contested for the post of general secretary and lost.

A vacation bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam also directed the CJM of Rajshahi to submit his probe report in 45 days.

The bench also directed the inspector general of police and the superintendent of police of Rajshahi to dispose of the application of the victim’s daughter Nigar Sultana for taking action against OC Shakil and to investigate whether the OC diverted the course of investigation as she complained.

The bench passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Nigar Sultana.

Petitioner’s lawyer Jyitirmoy Barua submitted that Nurul Islam has been missing since June 10, a day after the first assistant judge of Puthia directed Potol not to function as general secretary of the Paribahan Sramik Uunion.

On June 11, Nurul Islam’s body, bearing injury marks on his head, was found inside the ASS Brick Field at Puthia.

After his daughter personally requested OC Shakil to record a murder case against Potol  and his seven associates, instead of recording her complaint as FIR, the OC had asked her to drop Potol’s name from her complaint.

The OC also asked her to drop her complaint that the election results were manipulated in favour of Potol.

OC Shakil took signature on blank papers and recorded the case of her father’s murder against unnamed persons.

Later, the office of superintendent of police of Rajshahi issued a press release in which it was alleged that Nurul Islam was killed by a 16-old boy for raping him.

The press release issued by the SP’s office alleged that the boy made the allegation against Nurul Islam in his confessional statement to a magistrate.

Potol threatened Nurul Islam with dire consequences for filing a case that he had manipulated the election result. 

As the general secretary candidate Nurul Islam secured highest vote and defeated Potol.

But the election committee, in connivance with Potol, declared defeated Potol as the winner.  

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