CID to probe Maldivian Raudha’s death

Dhaka,  Thu,  27 April 2017
Published : 15 Apr 2017, 18:05:25
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CID to probe Maldivian Raudha’s death

The investigations into the death of a Maldivian national in a Rajshahi medical college was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

On Mar 29, Raudha Athif, who was also a model, was found hanging in her room at the hostel of the Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College. She was a second-year student studying for her MBBS degree.

Police initially suspected it to be a case of suicide, but the family started a murder case accusing her classmate Sirat Parveen Mahmud, an Indian national, reports bdnews24.com.

On Thursday, the police headquarters asked the CID to probe the death.

CID Additional Superintendant in Rajshahi Nazmul Karim Khan said that they have collected evidences, including the victim's phone and laptop.

“They will be sent to forensic lab,” he said on Saturday.

On Apr 10, when Raudha's family filed the case, their counsel Kamrul Monir told the media that a week before the death, Sirat slipped sedatives in fruit juice meant for Rudha. “She had shared the matter with her mother.”

Speaking to reporters at the court premises that day, Raudha's father Mohammad Athif, a doctor, claimed that he had also studied forensic medicine.

“Based on that experience, it seems to me that the marks found on Raudha’s neck were caused by a rope not by a scarf. My daughter was murdered and I want justice for her."

Raudha appeared on the cover of ninth anniversary issue of Vogue India in October 2016.

The Maldivian police also ran its own investigation. Two of its officers travelled to Bangladesh and spoke with Raudha’s family, college authorities and Rajshahi police.

Raudha’s family arrived Rajshahi the day after she was found dead and returned two weeks later, except for the father, the plaintiff of the murder case.
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