Ex-Sonagazi OC Moazzem finally held

Ex-Sonagazi OC Moazzem finally held

Nusrat Jahan Rafi & former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain. File photo

Dhaka, June 16 : Police finally arrested former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain from the city on Sunday in a case filed over circulating a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station.

A team of police arrested Moazem around 3:30 am from the High Court area, said Deputy Commissioner (Ramna) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Maruf Hossain Sarder.

On May 27, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain in the case. But he could not be traced after the issuance of warrant for his arrest.

Allegations brought against Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder were found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).

Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul HaqueSumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on May 15.

The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.

Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s Principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.

The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.

Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On April 6, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagaziupazila, by people loyal to SirajUd Doula.

She died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.

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