Police Bureau of Investigation today pressed charges against 16 accused including Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa Principal Siraj Ud Doula in the Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case.
PBI Inspector Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the 808-page charge sheet before the court of Feni Judicial Magistrate Jakir Hossain this afternoon, Mohammad Iqbal, special superintendent of police of PBI, said at a press briefing on the court premise.
Alim (HSC equivalent) examinee Nusrat was set on fire on the roof of the administrative building of a madrasa on April 6, minutes before her exam was to begin. She died in a hospital five days later.
Of the 16, the other accused are: Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa students Nuruddin, 20, and Shahadat Hossain Shamim, 20, Sonagazi municipality ward-4 councillor and expelled acting general secretary of the local Awami League unit Maksud Alam, 50, madrasa students Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobayer, 21, and Jabed Hossan alias Shakhawat Hossain, 19, the madrasa’s Hefzo teacher Hafiz Abdul Kader, 25, and English teacher Afsar Uddin, 33, a niece of suspect Shahadat Hossain Shamim and also an Alim examinee Kamrunnahar Moni, 19, Alim examinee Umme Sultana Poppy, 19, Alim examinee Mohammad Shamim, 20, madrasa students Abdur Rahim Sharif, 20, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, 22, Imran Hossain Mamun, 22, Mohiuddin Shakil, 20, and Sonagazi upazila AL president Ruhul Amin, 55.
The 16 were charged with planning, executing, and aiding and abetting the murder, according to the charge sheet.
The PBI arrested 21 suspects in connection with the murder, but five of them were exempted from the charge sheet in the case.
All the suspects are now behind bars and 12 of them, including Siraj, Shahadat, Nuruddin, Zobayer, Jabed, and Poppy made confessional statements before court under the section of 164.