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12:00 AM, August 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:06 AM, August 15, 2019

Rifat Murder

Court defers charge-sheet submission till August 22

A Barguna court yesterday set August 22 for submitting the police report and producing all the accused before the court in the case filed over the sensational murder of Rifat Sharif.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Sirajul Islam Gazi set the next date of submission of the charge-sheet after hearing on the case, said lawyer Mahbubul Bari Aslam, lawyer for Rifat’s wife and now an accused in the case, Aysha Siddika  Minni. 

The report was scheduled to be submitted to the court yesterday. All the arrested accused, including Minni, were presented before the court for the hearing yesterday. However, police did not submit the charge-sheet or seek time for it, said Mojibur Rahman Kislu, counsel for complainant Abdul Halim Dulal, Rifat’s father.

Rifat, 25, an internet service provider, was indiscriminately hacked by a group of youths in front of Barguna Govt College on June 26 in broad daylight.

In a video footage of the incident that went viral in the social media, Minni was seen screaming and trying in vain to save her husband from the assailants.

The victim’s father filed a murder case with Barguna Sadar Police Station against 12 identified people on the same day. The prime accused in the case, Nayan Bond, was killed in a “gunfight” with police on July 2.

Minni, who was the prime witness of the case, was arrested on July 16 by police, and sent to jail on July 19 after she gave a confessional statement to court. She has been denied bail by a lower court and the High Court since.

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