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Muezzin held for killing minor girl
Our Correspondent
Published :Sunday, 22 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 59
Narayanganj, May 21: Police on Saturday arrested a muezzin in Narayanganj on charge of killing a minor girl. The arrested person was identified as Hafez Jahirul Islam, 30. He was a muezzin of a mosque in Barapa Sutlara area of Rupganj upazila.  Jahirul was held after the body of deceased Sumaiya, 8, was recovered from a pond beside the mosque on Friday night.
Sumaiya and another girl from their neighbourhood went to attend Arabic class at Barapa Sutlara Mollah Bari Jam-e-Masjid around 6:00am on Thursday, police source said. After the class, the other girl named Tamanna returned home but Sumaiya did not, Wazit Mia, Sumaiya's father, said at a press conference. She had been missing since then.
Md Ismail Hossain, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Rupganj Police Station told this correspondent that, based on allegations raised by the locals, police interrogated Jahirul, who at one stage admitted that he threw the girl in the pond. After the Arabic class, he asked Sumaiya to stay back for cleaning the mosque staircase. While sweeping, she fell down and got injured, he claimed. Scared of mob action for her injuries, muezzin Jahirul threw Sumaiya in the pond, the OC also said quoting the muezzin. Whether the girl was raped before being killed could be confirmed after autopsy, he added.

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