Dhaka, April 13: The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has said a total of 13 people, including two girls, were involved in setting fire to Alim examinee Nusrat Jahan Rafi and the whole incident was pre-planned.Principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa Maulana Siraj Ud Doula, who is now in jail, directed his aides Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim to set fire on her.
Banaj Kumar Majumder, Deputy Inspector General and Chief of PBI, said this at a press conference held at PBI’s headquarters, in Dhanmondi, around 1 pm on Saturday.
“Police have arrested seven people in connection with the incident so far. The investigation into the case is on-going, the PBI chief said.
“We are trying to arrest the rest of the people,” he added.
PBI identified two reasons behind the attack — filing the case against principal of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa Siraj-Ud-Doula over sexually harassing the girl and her refusal of love offer by an Awami League leader.
Apart from filing the case, Nusrat turned down several times a love offer made by Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa unit president of Chhatra League.
Meanwhile, Shamim was arrested from Muktagachha upazila in Mymensingh early Saturday.
On April 6, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her.
The arrested people are: Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa Principal Siraj Ud Doula, 45, Nuruddin, 20, Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa unit Chhatra League President Shahadat Hossain Shamim, 20, Sonagazi Municipality Councillor and Feni Awami League leader, Moksud Alam, 45, Jobayer Ahmed, 20, Alim examinee and Nusrat’s batchmate, Jabed Hossain, 19, and English Department teacher, Absar Uddin, 35.
According to the police, Nur and Shahadat made the plan to set fire on Nusrat on April 5 after paying a visit to Siraj Ud Doula on April 4. Siraj Ud Doula was in jail following Nusrat’s sexual harassment case against him, filed on March 27.