Investigation for Tonu murder underway: Home Minister

While attending a programme at a school in Dhaka’s Jatrabari area on Saturday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the murder case of Sohagi Jahan Tonu is under investigation.

“The probe is on. It’s better not to comment on this issue now,” he said.

Regarding the violence during the recently held two phases of the Union Parishad election that has left more than 25 people dead and scores injured; Kamal said, “Actions are being taken to prevent polls-related violence.”

Protests erupted across Bangladesh and on the social media after 19-year old theatre activist Tonu was found murdered inside the Comilla Cantonment on the night of Mar 20, several hundred yards from her home.

Police based on primary findings had suspected that Tonu, a Comillla Victoria Government College student, was raped before she was murdered.

The charge of investigation in the case, filed by her father, was given to the Detective Branch of police a week after the murder. It was then transferred to the CID.

Her body was exhumed on March 30 for a fresh autopsy following a court order.

The home minister has given assurance about sharing details of the findings of the investigation with the public.