‘I am innocent, why is my bail being delayed?’
In jail for more than a month despite apparently being innocent of the crime she has been accused of, Amatullah Bushra is in a devastated state at Kashimpur Women's Central Jail, her family members said.
She was arrested by Rampura police on November 10 in a case filed over the death of Buet student Fardin Noor Parash. On Wednesday, the detective branch of police -- in charge of investigating the case -- said they suspected that Fardin had died by suicide, and also that they found that Bushra was not involved in his death.
But Bushra is likely to stay in jail till January 5 as a Dhaka court will hear her bail petition on that day.
Bushra's father, Manjurul Islam, told The Daily Star today that she is worried about the delay in getting bail, as well as her education and future.
"I am innocent, why is my bail being delayed?" Manjurul Islam quoted his daughter as saying when he along with his wife visited her in jail recently.
The father consoled Bushra saying the court had gone on vacation and they would soon be able to get her out on bail.
The family said Bushra, a private university student, is in a state of immense distress as she was falsely implicated in the case.
Fardin, Bushra's friend, was found dead in the Shitalakkhya river on November 7, three days after he went missing.
Police arrested Bushra on November 10 after Fardin's father Kazi Nooruddin filed a case with Rampura Police Station, accusing her.
"Bushra was falsely implicated in the case… Although everyone already knows she is innocent, we are worried about her future," her uncle Mazharul Islam told The Daily Star.
"We want her name dropped from the case as soon as possible," he said.
On Wednesday, DB and Rab – which is conducting a shadow investigation into Fardin's death -- said the Buet student died by suicide by jumping off a bridge into the Shitalakkhya.
Yesterday, DB chief Mohammad Harun or Rashid said they did not find Bushra's involvement in the incident and would let the court know about this matter.