The court has granted the police five days to grill in custody Ayesha Siddiqa Minni - the wife of Barguna’s slain Rifat Sharif over the Jun 26 broad daylight murder in the southern district town.
Barguna Senior Judicial Magistrate granted the police five days to grill her on Wednesday (Jul 17) against a plea for a seven day remand.
Minni was brought in to Barguna police lines on Tuesday (Jul 16) for what the police said was recording her statement.
Later, at 9 pm they formally arrested her based on suspicion after her statement was recorded.
Minni is the No. 1 witness in the murder case started by Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif.
However, Rifat’s father Dulal Sharif later demanded Minni’s arrest alleging that she had a part in the murder.
A group of assailants stabbed Rifat to death in front of his wife outside the Barguna Government College on the morning of Jun 26.
A video of the attack later went viral on the internet, which sparked outrage throughout the country. Two men were seen hacking Rifat with sharp weapons as his Minni desperately tried to save him.
Later the same day, the victim’s father filed a case against 12 people, including prime suspects Nayan and Rifat Farazi. Of them, Nayan was killed in a “gunfight” and Rifat Farazi was arrested later.
Police have so far arrested 13 suspects, including the six named in the case.