Assailants devised plot to kill Nusrat on instruction from Siraj in jail: PBI

Assailants plotted the fatal arson attack on madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi in Feni on instructions from the institution’s jailed principal SM Siraj-ud-Daula, police say.

Chief Crimes
Published : 13 April 2019, 03:54 PM
Updated : 13 April 2019, 03:54 PM

Banaj Majumder, a deputy inspector general heading the Police Bureau of Investigation or PBI, briefed the media on Saturday about the findings in investigation into the sensational case.

Nusrat, 18, before her death on Apr 10, said she went to the madrasa to sit for Alim exams, equivalent to HSC, on Apr 6.

She rushed to the roof on hearing that Nishat, one of her friends who is a witness to a case on sexual harassment charges against the 55-year-old principal, was being beaten there, Nusrat said.  

Four burqa-clad people, who had their faces covered by niqab and hands with gloves, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire when she refused to withdraw the sexual charges against Siraj, she added.

Siraj was already in jail in a case over the alleged sexual harassment of the girl when she came under attack.

DIG Majumder said Nur Uddin, 20, a student of the madrasa and close associate of Siraj, met the principal in jail where the student received “some instructions” from Siraj on Apr 4.

Police believe the attackers plotted the assault following the instructions from Siraj, according to the PBI chief.

Police arrested Nur Uddin, the prime suspect in the murder case, earlier on Saturday from Mymensingh.   


Nur Uddin met students Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Jabed Hossain, 19, Abdul Quader and another person at the madrasa hostel on Apr 5 after the meeting with the principal.

“They plotted to burn Nusrat to death and fixed their duties in the attack in the meeting at the hostel,” Majumder said.

Shamim got involved in the attack because Nusrat had earlier refused his proposal for a romantic relationship, Mujumder said and added it was the other reason behind the attack. 

A total of 13 people, including two female students of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, were involved in the attack plotted by five people, the police officer said.

One of the female suspects supplied kerosene and burqas to Shamim, according to Majumder.

Shamim, the female suspect and two others then took position on the roof of the madrasa to carry out the attack, the police officer said.

Two of the four assailants entered the madrasa, entry to which was restricted due to Alim exams, as students of a coaching programme that was held from 7am to 9pm.

Another female student gave Nusrat the false information that Nishat was being beaten on the roof.

When Nusrat rushed to the roof, the four attackers tied her using a scarf and set fire on her.

They later got mixed up in a crowd of Alim candidates and guardians along with five others who were tasked with watching the situation.  

One of the attackers was being called ‘Shompa’ by the others and police arrested Siraj’s niece Umme Sultana Poppy in the hunt for ‘Shompa’.

One of the four assailants and one of the two female suspects were in police custody, Majumder said but declined revealing their names.

He said Shamim was under police watch.

Jabed was in remand with another student, Jobayer Ahmed, 20.

Police also remanded teacher Afsar Uddin, 35, and local ward councillor Maksud Alam, 45, over the killing of Nusrat.

Hafez Abdul Quader is the only one accused still on the run in the murder case. Nusrat’s brother named eight suspects in the case.