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Diaz murder: Family frustrated with lengthy investigation

  • Published at 06:10 pm October 12th, 2019
File photo of Diaz Irfan Chowdhury

The victim’s family members have expressed frustration with the sluggish progress of the investigation, which is being carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department

Although nearly three years have passed since Bangladesh Chhatra League(BCL) central leader Diaz Irfan Chowdhury was found dead, very little headway has been made in the investigation into the murder.

The victim’s family members have expressed frustration with the sluggish progress of the investigation, which is being carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The family members claim the accused are roaming free.

Diaz’s elder sister Jubaida Sarwar Chowdhury Nipa told Dhaka Tribune it is disappointing that there has been no progress in the case.

“We are utterly frustrated as all the accused are roaming free. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is our last hope. We have no confidence in the administration anymore. We request that the PM kindly look at the murder case,” she added.

Claiming the slow progress was the result of reluctance on the part of the  investigating authority and political influence of the accused, she said: “All accused are politically influential. Moreover, the investigating officer (IO) has been changed three times in the last three years.”

Diaz and Jubaida’s mother Jaheda Amin Chowdhury has been on several hunger strikes demanding justice for her murdered son. When asked about their mother’s current mental state, Jubaida said she had become mentally unstable again following the murder of Buet student Abrar Fahad.

CID Chattogram Assistant Superintendent of Police Jasim Uddin Khan, also investigation officer of the case, claimed the victim’s family was not cooperating in the investigation process.

 “We are conducting an investigation, but the plaintiff is not providing evidence and witnesses,” the IO said.  

Close associate to Diaz and former vice president of the Chhatra League Chittagong University (CU) unit Mohammad Mamun told Dhaka Tribune: “The accused are roaming free. We demand the highest punishment for the murderers. The investigating authority should wrap up the investigation sooner rather than later.”

On November 20, 2016, the body of Chhatra League Central Assistant Secretary Diaz was found hanging from the ceiling of his room near CU. Four days later, Diaz’s mother filed a murder case against 10 named and 10 unnamed accused.

Although a first autopsy conducted at Chittagong Medical College Hospital had concluded that he had committed suicide by hanging himself, a second autopsy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital determined that he had been murdered by strangulation.

Diaz’s family members and associates in Chhatra League claim he was murdered by his rivals over tender manipulation.

The ten accused in the case are: CU sociology department teacher and former assistant proctor Anwar Hossain, former CU BCL president Mohammad Alamgir Tipu, former general secretary Jamshedul Alam Chowdhury, former entertainment affairs secretary Mizanur Rahman, former publication secretary Rashedul Islam Jisan, former vice presidents Mansur Alam and Abdul Malek, former joint secretary Abu Torab Parash, former organizing secretary Md Arman, and activist Ariful Haque Apu.

Arrest warrants have been issued for all of the accused except former assistant proctor Anwar Hossain, who is out on bail.

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