Three new prosecution witnesses including two police officials today testified in the case filed over rape and subsequent murder of seven-year old Samia Afrin Saima in the capital’s Wari area.
The three witnesses are- investigation officer (IO) detective branch (DB) inspector Md Arjun, first IO Wari Police Station sub-inspector Harun-Ur Rashid and forensic doctor Sohel Mahmud, who conducted autopsy on Saima’s body.After their testimonies at Dhaka 1st Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, the defence cross examined them. Judge Qazi Abdul Hannan then adjourned the hearing till February 23. The sole accused Harun-ur Rashid was present at the court during Monday’s hearing.
Saima’s father Abdus Salam filed the case under the Women and ChildrenRepression Prevention Act with Wari Police Station on July 6, 2019, and police on July 7 managed to arrest killer Harun-ur Rashid from Cumilla.
Saima, nursery-grade student of Silverdale School went missing after going out to play on the afternoon of July 5. Her body was found on the 8th floor of their under-construction building at 8 pm, with a rope still wrapped around her neck.
It was found later the little girl was brutally raped by Harun and the killer dragged her lifeless body by tying a rope around her neck and took it to the kitchen of that vacant flat and fled the scene.