Principal Siraj placed on fresh remand

Our Correspondent . Feni | Published at 02:15am on May 23, 2019

A Feni court on Wednesday granted a two-day remand for Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrassah principal Siraj-ud-Doula for ordering the killing of the madrassah girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi by setting her afire for lodging a case of sexual harassment against him.
Senior judicial magistrate in Feni Md Zakir Hossain gave the order.
Siraj was granted the remand in the case filed by Nusrat’s mother against Siraj for his involvement in sexually harassing Nusrat before killing her by setting her on fire, said police citing the court statement.
Police Bureau of Investigation, or PBI inspector Md Shah Alam said that Siraj was produced to court for interrogation at noon on the day.
He further said that though they asked for a seven-day remand the court granted only two days.
On March 27, Siraj sexually harassed Nusrat after she was asked to visit him in his room.
Later, Nusrat’s mother lodged a case with Feni’s Sonagazi Police Station and police arrested Siraj.
While he was in police custody, principal Siraj ordered his two associates to kill Nusrat by setting fire to her if she refused to withdraw the case and also to frame the incident as a case of suicide following the killing, the PBI official said.
As per orders from Siraj, Shahadot and Nur Uddin, along with other accomplices, first exerted pressure on Nusrat to withdraw the case and then she was set ablaze by pouring kerosene on her body as she denied withdrawing the case.
On April 8, Nusrat’s brother Mahmudul Hasan Noman filed a murder case with the same police station naming 4 to 5 including Siraj as the prime accused.
Shahadot and Nur Uddin were detained in the case and they earlier gave confessional statements before the court describing in details their roles in the murder.
With Siraj, a total of nine people, including all five who allegedly took part in setting the victim on fire, so far gave confessional statements.
Some 21 people were arrested in the case while three other accused involved in the case were taken in remand earlier, PBI sources said.
The PBI had been handling the two cases — one regarding sexual harassment and the other of the murder of Nusrat.