With no arrest made and no one except the family members quizzed even
in 13 days into the murder of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, her parents were once
again interrogated by law enforcers yesterday.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which took up the murder
probe on Tuesday, recorded the statements of Tonu's parents and three
other members of the family at its office in Comilla.
“We have just started the investigation. We are interrogating Tonu's
parents to be clear about some matters," said Nazmul Karim Khan, special
superintendent of CID's Comilla-Noakhali division.
“It is a continuous process. The CID officials will talk to them
again, if needed, for the sake of investigation," he told The Daily Star
over the phone.
A CID team brought Tonu's parents Yaar Hossain and Anwara Begum,
elder brother Nazmul, younger brother Anwar, and a cousin-sister to its
office from their residence around 3:00pm for the interrogation, said
ASP of CID Mojammel Haq.
In the morning, a joint CID team of Dhaka and Comilla visited the
crime scene in Comilla Moinamoti Cantonment and nearby areas, reports
Earlier, Kotwali Police Station in the city and local Detective
Branch (DB) of police investigated the case filed by Yaar Hossain, an
employee of Comilla Cantonment Board.
On March 26, the family members, including the parents, were brought
to the office of Rab-11 in Comilla city around 3:30am from their
Mirzapur village home in Muradnagar upazila.
They went to the village to bury the 19-year-old college student.
The Rab men dropped them at their Comilla Cantonment residence around
5:00am after the interrogation, family members said. Khorshed Alam,
commander of Rab-11 in Comilla, confirmed this.
Again in the afternoon the same day, detectives took the family
members from the Cantonment house to Kotwali Police Station for
Visiting the crime scene on Thursday, National Human Rights
Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman said the family of the victim
should not be harassed in the name of collecting information or by any
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at a programme in the
capital yesterday said, “The way the investigation is going on, soon we
will be able to disclose how the murder was committed and who were
Tonu, a second-year history student of Comilla Victoria Government
College and a theatre activist, was found dead in Moinamoti Cantonment
area on the night of March 20.
The murder sparked a storm of protest across the country, mostly from students.
In Dhaka, Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) yesterday brought out a procession carrying sticks in Shahbagh area.
At a rally before the procession, Chhatra Union President Lucky
Akhter, expressing dissatisfaction over the murder probe, said, "The
second autopsy proved that the first one was not done properly.
Moreover, evidence of the rape and murder is being destroyed. The
incident is being covered up."
The body of Tonu was exhumed on Wednesday for a fresh autopsy as
police say they found the first one not matching their inquest report.
However, the findings of the first autopsy were not made public.
During his visit to Comilla, the NHRC boss also said it was necessary
to bring to book those responsible for the inadequacy in the first
post-mortem, which was done the day after Tonu's body was found.
The home minister yesterday said, “We are doing a fresh autopsy … the
CID had suspicion, so they are conducting autopsy again.”
To protest the murder and demanding immediate arrest of the
killer(s), Dhaka University students along with students of more than
five educational institutions of the capital have called strike at all
educational institutions across the country for today.
The Gonojagoron Mancha and 13 left leaning student organisations have expressed solidarity with the strike.
Chhatra Union has called another strike at all schools and colleges in the country tomorrow on the same ground.