National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman has raised doubts about Sohagi Jahan Tonu’s murder investigation after visiting the crime scene at Comilla Cantonment.
He spoke to reporters at Comilla Circuit House after the visit of an NHRC team on Thursday, 10 days after the Victoria Government College student was murdered allegedly after rape.
He said, “Tonu’s body was found in a bushy place, but it looks clear now.”
He claimed that this state of the crime scene has ‘raised a lot of questions’.
Rahman and his team also spoke to Tonu’s family who live inside the cantonment staff quarters. Tonu’s body was found about 225 metres away from her house.
Bangla daily Kaler Kantho recently reported that RAB, in its ‘shadow investigation’, gathered soil and grass patches of six feet of land from the crime scene as evidence of Tonu’s murder.
The report said the elite police unit did not inform the Detective Branch of Police of the collection.
RAB has acknowledged having collected evidence, but says only ‘some’ soil, grass patches and leaves were taken for test ‘a little far’ from where Tonu’s body was found.
Rahman said, “If soil was taken out of the place, or put back there, it will ruin the evidence and make the investigation complicated.”
Comilla Kotwali Police had started investigating the murder but with no tangible progress even after seven days, detective police were put in charge of it.
On the DB’s appeal, a court later ordered a fresh post-mortem on Tonu’s remains. The detectives initially suspected that Tonu had been raped before being murdered.
Police Headquarters handed the case over to CID a day before Tonu’s remains were dug up from the grave on Wednesday.
The Army says it is ready to cooperate with the civilian authorities on the case, which has triggered a furore across Bangladesh. – Agencies