Risha murder trial begins

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Dhaka, April 17: A court here on Monday framed charge against Obaidul Khan, the lone accused in a case filed for killing Suraiya Akter Risha, a class VIII student of Willes Little Flower School in the capital.

The court fixed May 8 to begin the trail of the much-talked about case.

Judge Abul Kashem of the Eighth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka framed the charge after scrutinizing the case docket and other relevant documents.

Obaidul, now in jail, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after the charge was read out to him.

In his confessional statement, Obaidul said, “I gave Risha a proposal of love. But she refused my proposal. So, I stabbed her.”

Obaidul was brought to Dhaka after arresting him in Nilphamari by a police team led by additional deputy commissioner (ADC) HM Azimul Huque of the Ramna Division of DMP on October 31 last.

Tailor shop employee Obaidul fled away after stabbing Risha in her belly and hands on the footover bridge in front of her school at Kakrail on October 25 last. Risha later died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

In connection with the incident, Risha’s mother filed a case under Section 307 (injuring for killing) of the Bangladesh Penal Code with the city’s Ramna Police Station. When Risha succumbed later, the case was turned into a murder case under Section 302 (murder) of the Bangladesh Penal Code.

On August 28, Risha died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital four days after she was stabbed allegedly by the stalker, Obaidul, in front of the institution at Kakrail in the capital.

Later, Obaidul was arrested in Domar upazila of Nilphamari district with the help of locals a week after Risha was stabbed.