The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday launched an investigation to find out whether any illegal transactions had taken place centring the Nusrat murder.
A three-member team of CID’s Financial Crimes Unit visited the Sonagazi branches of different banks and checked the accounts of those accused in the murder case, our Feni correspondent reports.
CID’s Additional Superintendent of Police Md Faruq Hossain, who is leading the team, told local reporters that they were verifying some information they had gathered. He, however, refused to disclose the details.
Faruq also said they would check different local bank accounts of the accused and file a case under the money laundering Act if illegal transactions were found.
During the investigation, the CID team talked to teachers of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa, locals and media personnel, and visited the scene where Nusrat was set afire on April 6.
Meanwhile, the High Court yesterday said it would not interfere into the Nusrat murder case now as the investigation into it was still ongoing.
In another development in the case, the inquiry committee formed by the Police Headquarters recorded statements of 15 people.
Nusrat, an Alim examinee of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set on fire after she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment case filed on March 27 against Madrasa Principal Siraj ud Doula.
Nusrat lost her battle for life on April 10, five days after she was attacked. The murder sparked outrage across the country.
Local lawmaker Lt Gen (retd) Masud Uddin Chowdhury yesterday visited Nusrat’s home and consoled her family members. He also donated Tk 1 lakh to Nusrat’s family.
So far, 20 suspects, including all the eight FIR named accused, have been arrested. The suspects include Sonagazi Awami League President Ruhul Amin.
‘NO NEGLIGENCE’: HC
The HC yesterday observed that as per media reports, there was no negligence on the part of the government in the Nusrat murder case investigation and the prime minister herself was monitoring the case.
The court said it did not want to interfere at this stage so as to not hamper the investigation, said the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader.
The observation came after a lawyer placed a writ petition on the issue before the bench for its hearing.
The HC bench asked writ petitioner Advocate Eunus Ali Akond to wait until next Sunday as the Police Bureau of Investigation was expected to complete the investigation by then.
The court also asked Eunus to place the writ petition on Sunday after correcting some mistakes in it, Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar told The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, protests demanding exemplary punishment for Siraj and others involved in Nusrat’s murder continue. Yesterday, teachers and students of Kalidah S C High School in Feni Sadar formed a human chain and held a rally from where they placed the demand.