Lalmonirhat murder: 3 including Khadem testify
Published: 10:28 PM, 7 November 2020
Three people, including the mosque khadem, have pleaded guilty to beating and burning Shahidunnabi Jewel at Burimari in Lalmonirhat. After a three-day remand on Saturday evening, they testified in the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Begum Ferdousi Begum.
Besides, a man named Abdul Gani testified without remand.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, senior judicial magistrate Ferdousi Begum, a judge of Lalmonirhat Amli Court-3, granted remand to Khadem (attendant) and four others.
Those who have given their statements are: Jobed Ali of Rahmanpur village, Khadem at Patgram Union of Burimari Bazar Central Jame Mosque, Mehedi Hasan Raju, son of Jahedul Islam of Kamarerhat area of Burimari Union and Abdul Gani of the same area.
DMP’ detective branch arrested Abul Hossain alias Hossain Decorator, the main accused in the three cases, in Dhaka on Saturday morning. District Police Detective Branch (DB) OC Omar Farooq said 25 people have been arrested in the case.
Nine of them have been remanded. Four people have been sent to court after a three-day remand in the second phase on Saturday. Two of them, including Khadem, pleaded guilty and testified in court. Earlier, a man pleaded guilty in court without remand. After the remand of 9 accused in the first and second phase, they have been sent to jail through the court.
Snail Shahidunnabi Jewel’s cousin Saiful Islam filed a case in October for allegedly spreading rumors of insulting the Qur'an. In the same incident, Patgram Police Station SI Shahjahan Ali filed a case alleging assault on police and another case was filed against Burimari UP Chairman Abu Saeed Newaz Nishat for vandalizing the Union Parishad. The Detective Branch (DB) of the district police was given the task of investigating the three most discussed cases.
Police and locals said Shahidunnabi Jewel came to visit Burimari with a man named Sultan Rubayat Sumon on the afternoon of October 29. In the afternoon, they performed Asr prayers at Burimari Central Jame Mosque. When he taking down to the Qur'an Sharif kept in the sunset of the mosque for recitation at the end of the prayers, some Qur'an and Hadith books inadvertently fell at his feet. At that time, Jewel picked up the Qur'an and Hadith books and kissed them. Muazzin had a quarrel with him about the matter. People in the area rushed to the spot and detained Jewel and Sultan Rubayat Sumon in a room of the Union Parishad building. Upon receiving the news, Patgram Upazila Chairman, UNO, OC went to Burimari Union Parishad.
In the evening, rumors spread throughout the market and surrounding villages that two young men had been arrested for blasphemy. Excited at this time, the agitated people broke the doors and windows of the Union Parishad (UP) building, snatched Jewel from the administration and beat him to death. Later, the body was dragged to Patgram Burimari Highway and burnt. At that time, the agitated people set fire to the highway and blocked it.
Patgram and Hatibandha police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and fire service members tried to control the situation from the evening but failed. At that time, 10 policemen including Patgram Police Station OC Sumon Kumar Mahanta were injured by bricks and stones thrown by the agitating crowd. Police fired 18 rounds of blank shots to disperse the crowd.
Lalmonirhat DC Abu Jafar and SP Abida Sultana went to the scene with police around 10:30 pm and brought the situation under control. Police rescued Sultan Rubayat Sumon, a companion of the deceased Jewel, in a critical condition and admitted him to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital.
The deceased Shahidunnabi Jewel is son of Abdul Wazed Miah of Shalban Mistripara in Rangpur. He is a former librarian of Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College and a former student of Dhaka University. He was mentally imbalanced after being fired from job last year.