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Raudha’s father calls PBI report a ‘fantasy’

Agency claims its findings ‘flawless’

Father of Maldivian model and medical student Raudha Athif slammed Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) yesterday for what he claimed the agency’s failure to bring to light the truth behind his daughter’s death.

In his Facebook timeline, Mohamed Athif shared a Maldivian media report of the PBI findings and commented, “The PBI prepared a fantasy report and made it look like a love drama.”

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“It’s what they (PBI) want and how they want to end the case,” Athif, a physician and politician in Maldives, wrote on Facebook.

Athif had rejected similar findings by previous investigating authorities. Shah Makhdum police investigated her death twice, while Detective Branch and Criminal Investigation Department investigated into the death before PBI.

PBI submitted final report of the investigation on Wednesday and ruled out the allegation of murder.

The report mentioned Raudha took her own life out of despair.

Raudha, 20, was a second year student at Islami Bank Medical College in Rajshahi. She was found dead at her college dormitory room on March 29, 2017.

Raudha’s father further wrote, “There is nothing new in this report. In fact, PBI did not do any such investigation. They kept the case pending for one year.”

He added that PBI’s Rajshahi branch head called him to their office in the name of investigation and asked him to accept the previous CID findings.

“They talk about Raudha’s last few incoming calls and conversations with her boyfriend, when Raudha never wrote of killing herself. They never mentioned the heated argument with her classmate (who was accused of murder),” he wrote.

He wrote that PBI or CID could not explain the marks of strangulation on Raudha’s neck and that her body was found on her bed and none saw her hanging.

Contacted, PBI investigation officer Sub-inspector Saidur Rahman rejected Mohamed Athif’s claims.

 “Our investigation is flawless and supported by enough witnesses, evidence, forensics and digital forensics,” he said, adding that his local superiors and higher officials at the police headquarters in Dhaka closely monitored the investigation procedures.

He said PBI did not force the complainant to accept anything. “We recorded the statement that he gave us in writing.”

About witnesses, he said, “A number of witnesses saw her body hanging from the ceiling. Some of them include other Maldivian medical students.”

Raudha’s body was almost decomposed when it was exhumed from her grave for the second autopsy and the autopsy report could not be definitive. But it says “possibility of suicidal hanging could not be excluded,” he said.

“As per law, when there is difference between two forensic reports, the report that bears clear points would be acceptable,” he said, adding that her first autopsy had found death by suicide.

The PBI was aware of her conversations with her classmate, but those conversations were not relevant to the case. Apart from the 17,000 pages of conversations with her boyfriend, PBI examined 3,000 pages of conversations with some other persons that suggest her despair prior to her final moments, he said.

“The complainant filed the murder case based on information that he had not verified,” the PBI investigation officer said.

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