<i>Controversial 'septuplet' dies</i>
One of the seven children, rescued from the house of former deputy inspector general (DIG) Anisur Rahman in August last year, died at a hospital in the city on November 16.
The news of death of four-and-a-half-year-old Najifa came to light yesterday after the police brought her body to the morgue of Dhaka Medical College for autopsy. The body was kept at the Birdem mortuary, the police said.
Najifa along with six other children had been staying in Prashanti, a shelter for children, run by Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA), since they were rescued from the house of the ex-DIG.
After the autopsy, the girl was buried at Azimpur graveyard yesterday.
The police said BNWLA authorities brought ailing Najifa to Pan Care Hospital and Diagnostic Centre at Dhanmondi around 8:30pm on November 16. She died two hours later.
When contacted, BNWLA employees claimed that they informed the court of the death of the child on November 17.
The seven children hit the headlines in 2006 as ex-DIG Anisur Rahman claimed paternity of them, saying that they are 'septuplets'. He also had seven more children.
On June 15 in 2006, Executive director of Bangladesh Society for Establishment of Human Rights (BSEHR) Alena Khan filed a case against Anisur Rahman and his wife under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Badda Police Station.
On August 12, 2008, the DNA lab of DMCH revealed that the ex-DIG of police and his wife are not the biological parents of the 'septuplets' and the children are not siblings either.
After the DNA test, they were kept at Prashanti located at Agargaon in the city.