Nusrat loses battle for life

Principal on remand, OC withdrawn

Staff Correspondent

10th April, 2019 10:01:19 printer

Nusrat loses battle for life

Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was set afire in Sonagazi upazila of Feni five days ago, died in a hospital in the capital on Wednesday night.

Rafi succumbed to her injuries at the burn and plastic surgery unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 9:30pm, said Dr Rayhana Awal Sumi.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of Nusrat Jahan Rafi.

On April 6, Rafi was set afire allegedly by students loyal to Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa Principal Sirajuddoula following his arrest over her sexual harassment.

Rafi was rushed to DMCH where she underwent a surgery on life support on Tuesday.

The operation was conducted after a discussion with physicians from Singapore General Hospital as Rafi was not fit enough to be flown there.

On Monday, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to send Rafi to Singapore for better treatment.

Ten people, including the madrasa principal, have so far been arrested in connection with the arson attack on the female student.

On Tuesday, police arrested madrasa student Shampa in this connection.

Rafi told her doctors that four students wearing burqas and hand socks set fire to her. She identified one of them as Shampa.

Meanwhile, a Feni court placed the principal on seven days’ remand and two others for five days in a case over the incident.

The two others are Abser Uddin, lecturer of English Department of the madrasa, and student Arif.

On Tuesday, a court in Feni granted a five-day remand for four people — Nur Hossain, Kefayet Ullah, Alauddin and Shahidul Islam.

Besides, Moazzem Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Model Police Station, was withdrawn over the incident.

The case was filed against eight persons, including principal Sirajuddoula, Absar Uddin, Feni municipality councillor Maksudul Alam Maksud, and four unidentified ones.

On Wednesday, the case was transferred to the Police Bureau of Investigation.