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Rifat murder

Minni's bail plea rejected

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Staff Reporter :
A Barguna court on Sunday rejected the bail petition of Aysha Siddika Minni in connection with the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif, who was hacked to death in broad daylight in front of Barguna Government College on June 26.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Sirajul Islam Gazi passed the order after hearing the bail petition filed by Barguna Bar Council General Secretary Advocate Mahbubul Bari Aslam on behalf of Minni.
Two lawyers of Rights Organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) Abdur Rashid and Mizanur Rahman also stood for Minni during the hearing, said Mahbubul Bari Aslam.
On Saturday, a four-member team from ASK reached Barguna to provide legal aid to Minni, who has been arrested over alleged involvement in Rifat Sharif murder.
Minni turned from a witness to an accused in the sensational murder of Rifat Sharif, after new CCTV footage was found of the incident.
On July 14, Rifat's father Abdul Halim Dulal showed a new video footage at a press conference and demanded the arrest of his daughter-in-law  in connection with his son's killing.
This also sparked protests across the country demanding justice for Rifat.
Slain Rifat's father, Dulal Sharif, filed a case with Barguna police accusing 12 people.
The case took a new turn after Dulal pointed the finger at his daughter-in-law Aysha Siddika Minni.
On July 16, police arrested Minni after a daylong interrogation. A court placed her on a five-day remand the following day.
On July 19, a Barguna court recorded the statement of Aysha Siddika Minni in connection with the case filed over the murder of Rifat Sharif.
Minni is the key witness of the murder that took place in front of her college on June 26. Rifat Sharif, a 25-year-old Internet service provider, was indiscriminately hacked by a group of youths there.
In a video footage of the incident that went viral in the social media, Minni was seen screaming and trying in vain to save her husband from the assailants.
The prime accused in the case, Nayon Bond, was killed in a "gunfight" with police on July 2.

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