Alexa ‘I am innocent’; claimed ex-OC Moazzem

Dhaka, Sunday   18 August 2019


‘I am innocent’; claimed ex-OC Moazzem

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:26 PM, 17 July 2019  

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A tribunal in Dhaka has framed charges against ex Sonagazi Police Station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain accused of spreading videos of Sonagazi Madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s video through social media. The charge is formed under Digital Security Act 2018‘s article 26, 29 and 31.

Advocate Nazrul Islam Shamim, who stood for the state, read out the charges brought against the former OC while he claimed himself not guilty saying, “I am innocent.”

The Tribunal fixed July 31 for starting the trial in the case.

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.

Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed a case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on April 15.

Moazzem was withdrawn and later suspended on May 10. A tribunal ordered his arrest on May 27 after investigators found allegations brought against him to be true. He was arrested on June 16 from Shahbagh.

The next day, the Cyber Tribunal rejected his bail plea and sent him to jail.

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Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.