Fugitive OC Moazzem arrested in city
Police 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.
Deputy Commissioner (Ramna) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Maruf Hossain Sarder said a team of police arrested Moazem around 3:30am from the High Court area.
Moazzem has been on the run after a warrant was out in a case filed over spreading of the video of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who died after she was set on fire, on the social media.
The arrest was made 20 days after a tribunal issued arrest warrant against him in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
The Cyber Tribunal on May 27 issued an arrest warrant after a police investigation found that he unlawfully interrogated Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi and recorded the incident on cell phone and circulated it on the social media. The case was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque on April 15.
On May 27, the Tribunal ordered his arrest after the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) filed its probe report in the case.
The PBI probe found Moazzem guilty under sections 26, 29 and 31 of the Digital Security Act for spreading a video of Nusrat's statement on the Facebook.
According to the case details, Nusrat went to Sonagazi Model Police Station to file a case against Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa Principal Sirajuddaula, on March 27, for sexually assaulting her the day before.
Moazzem recorded a video of her statement - without her consent - asking her offensive and insulting questions. The video then surfaced on various social media platforms. It was alleged that Moazzem had uploaded the video.
Moazzem, whose voice was audible in the video, appeared unconcerned about Nusrat's complaints and said the sexual assault was not a major incident.
He had told Nusrat to go home and assured her he would take steps in accordance with her written complaint. However, no action was taken against Sirajuddaula.
Nusrat, 18 - an Alim examinee - was set on fire by Sirajuddaula's followers on April 6 as she refused to withdraw the sexual abuse charges her family had filed against him. She died from her injuries four days later.
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 Sonagazi Upazila, by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.