Former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi, Moazzem Hossain, was sued yesterday (Monday) for circulating a video of murdered Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, in which he was found taking a statement from her. Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ashsams Joglul Hossain passed the order after hearing the complaint on Monday afternoon.
The judge also instructed the chief of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), Banaj Kumar Majumder, to investigate the case and submit a report by April 30.
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court lawyer, barrister Saidul Huq Sumon, lodged a case against Moazzem Hossain in the cyber tribunal.
Md. Sohel Rana, assistant inspector-general (AIG) (media) of Police Headquarters, told The Independent that the case against Moazzem Hossain, the ex-OC of Feni, will go on at its own pace. “We are ready to provide all sorts of aid when needed.”
The OC has been accused under Clause 26 of the Digital Security Act. The complaint was made against the OC for video recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi"s tearful statement at the police station. The video later spread via social media.
According to the case statement, Moazzem Hossain recorded a video of the victim"s statement without her consent while asking her offensive and insulting questions. The video then spread on various social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube. It has been alleged that Moazzem Hossain had himself circulated the video on social media.
Moazzem Hossain, whose voice was heard in the video, had also appeared unconcerned about Nusrat"s complaints, saying that the incident of the sexual assault was nothing major. He also asked Nusrat to go home and assured her that steps would be taken in accordance with her written complaint.
But no action was taken against the accused Sirajuddaula. Her family members returned to the police station later that day and filed a case.
The police have said legal steps can be taken against someone for recording without following the rules.
According to Section 26 of the Digital Security Act, without legal warrant, collecting, selling or disseminating any information of another individual is a crime. The punishment for this crime is a five-year prison term. Section 29 of the same Act said the punishment for revealing defamatory information is three years.
Section 31 of the Digital Security Act said publishing or disseminating such information that could instigate animosity, or tension between different groups or societies, in a website or in a digital medium, is a crime.
However, sources at the Police Headquarters said a committee was formed there. It has been learnt that if the committee detected any anomalies in respect of Moazzem Hossain regarding Nusrat"s death, then it will take departmental action.
Earlier on April 6, some unidentified persons in burqa poured had kerosene and set on fire Alim examinee Nusrat after she went to Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa to sit for her exam. Severely burned, she was treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where she died on Wednesday.
On April 10, Md Moyazzem Hossain was withdrawn and the case handed over to the PBI, the AIG added. Earlier, the family of the victim had complained against the OC, saying the police did not do their job and tried to divert the case into a different direction.
The PBI has arrested one more accused, named Umme Sultana Popy allies Shampa.
Earlier, on Saturday, the PBI said at a press briefing that Shampa called Nusrat and said that their friend was being beaten by someone on the roof. Shampa also arranged the veil and kerosene that were used to set Nusrat ablaze.
PBI said five persons masterminded the murder—two female students and three male students.
Meanwhile, a court in Feni placed ex-Awami League leader Maksud Alam, a councillor of Sonagazi municipality, on a five-day remand in a case filed over the killing of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
Senior judicial magistrate Soraf Uddin Ahmmed passed the order yesterday (Monday) after inspector Md Shah Alam of the PBI, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
PBI additional superintendent Moniruzzaman said a PBI team arrested Maksud, also a member of the governing body of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa, from a hotel in the capital on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Maksud was suspended from the party on Friday.
On the other hand, two of the main accused in the case—Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim—gave their confessional statements before the court over the murder.
Nur Uddin and Shamim are the second- and fourth-named suspects in the Nusrat murder case. They are Chhatra League leaders at Feni"s Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Degree Madrasa.
Superintendent of police in Feni, Jahangir Sarkar, told The Independent that the mastermind duo gave their statements under Section 164 at the court of Feni judicial magistrate Jakir Hossain on Monday.
The investigation found Nur Uddin met Siraj in jail to receive instructions for Nusrat"s murder, while Shamim, whose advances the victim had refused several times, himself took part in the killing.