It has been two years. The body of Diaz Irfan Chowdhury, assistant secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League's (BCL) central committee, was mysteriously found hanging in his flat near Chittagong University (CU) campus on today's date.
In these two years family members of Diaz did not see much progress into the investigation of his death.
They alleged that the persons accused in the case for murdering Diaz, also a former joint secretary of CU unit BCL, have been roaming free on the campus.
Advocate Jubaida Sarwar Nipa, his sister, told The Daily Star, “We don't know why they [accused] have not been arrested yet. If the "killers" are interrogated, the truth would come to light. It is really frustrating that there has been no progress in the case.”
Even the investigators are still in dark. Investigation officers (IO) have been changed twice in the last two years.
Contacted, Assistant Superintendent of Police Jasim Uddin Khan of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Chattogram, also the case's IO, said Diaz might have been murdered over previous enmity. “Keeping that in mind, we're continuing our investigation.”
“We did not get any concrete evidence... But we are trying our best to gather witnesses and evidence,” he said. The IO said he is hopeful of submitting the probe report by January next year.
The case was filed by Diaz's mother on November 24, 2016, with a Chittagong Court.
The ten accused in the case are: CU sociology department teacher and former assistant proctor Anwar Hossain; former CU BCL president Mohammad Alamgir Tipu; former general secretary Jamshedul Alam Chowdhury; former entertainment affairs secretary Mizanur Rahman; former publication secretary Rashedul Islam Jisan; former vice presidents Mansur Alam and Abdul Malek; former joint secretary Abu Torab Parash; former organising secretary Md Arman and activist Ariful Haque Apu.
All of the accused are out on bail now.
On November 23, 2016, based on the first post-mortem report conducted on the body at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, police purported Diaz's death as suicide by hanging.
On November 24 in 2016, Diaz's mother Jaheda Amin Chowdhury rejected the report and lodged a complaint with a Chattogram court, accusing 10 persons of murdering her son. The court ordered Chattogram CID to investigate the complaint.
The family's speculation was proven right when in a second autopsy, performed on December 11, 2016 at Dhaka Medical College morgue, it was found that Diaz was strangled to death.