Principal Siraj-ud-Doula ‘confesses’ to ordering Nusrat murder
Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa Principal SM Siraj Ud Doula reportedly confessed before a Feni court on Sunday that he ordered the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi over his arrest in a sexual harassment case.
Special Superintendent of Chattogram division Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Mohammad Iqbal said that he gave ‘confessional’ statement before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Zakir Hossain from 3pm to 9pm.
In his confession, the principal reportedly told the court that when Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim met him in jail, he asked them to create pressure on Nusrat to withdraw the case filed against him for sexually harassing her.
He also directed them to burn the madrasa student to death if she did not bow down to their pressure and do the murder in a way that would suggest she committed suicide.
With this, nine accused have so far given confessional statements over the murder.
Earlier, Nur Uddin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Umme Sultana Popy alias Shampa, Kamrunahar Moni, Jabed Hossain, Abdur Rahim alias Sharif, Hafez Abdul Quader and Jobayer Ahmed confessed to their part in the murder.
On April 6, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre of Alim examination allegedly by students loyal to Principal Siraj Ud Doula after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.
After fighting for her life for five days, Nusrat succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital on April 10.