Sonagazi ex-OC Moazzem arrested, at last

Staff Correspondent

17 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Sonagazi ex-OC Moazzem arrested, at last

Former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain was arrested from the capital’s Shahbagh area on Sunday afternoon.

The deputy director of Ramna Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Maruf Hossain Sarder said Shahbagh police arrested the former OC from the High Court area around 3:30pm.

“The OC grew beard to avert arrest. He was arrested when he came to the HC to seek bail through a lawyer,” he said. 

On May 27, Dhaka Cyber Tribunal issued arrest warrant against Moazzem.

Assistant inspector general (AIG-media) of police headquarters Sohel Rana said preparations are underway for producing him before the tribunal.

Moazzem’s arrest was made 20 days after the arrest warrant issued against him by the tribunal in a case filed over murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi following sexual harassment by the madrasa principal.

On May 31, the letter of arrest warrant reached the office of Feni police super, but initially the SP denied to have received it. On June 3, he admitted that he had received it.

On June 5, the arrest warrant reached the office of Rangpur Range police.

On April 6, Nusrat, an Alim examinee of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa, was set on fire on the rooftop of the madrasa for her refusal to withdraw the case filed against the madrasa principal, Siraj-ud-Daula, who sexually harassed her at his office room on March 27.

She succumbed to her injuries during treatment at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on April 10.

When Nusrat went to file the case against the madrasa principal, Sonagazi OC Moazzem Hossain recorded her statement on camera without her consent and circulated the clip on social media on April 15.

The OC also tried to turn the murder into an incident of suicide.

On May 8, he was temporarily suspended.

On May 27, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), the investigating authority of the murder case, submitted the charge sheet before the court.