DNA tests confirm Tonu was gang-raped

Three people gang-raped Victoria College student and theatre activist Sohagi Jahan Tonu before killing her inside the Mainamati Cantonment on March 20, CID officials said yesterday.

“The evidence of rape has been found on her clothes,” Special Superintendent of Police in Comilla Nazmul Karim Khan said. “We have almost solved the case, and hope to identify the killers soon.”
Asked whether they had matched the DNA results with the suspects, he evaded a direct answer, and said that they had been analysing information to identify the killers.

The first post-mortem examination did not find the evidence of rape, and also could not ascertain the reason behind Tonu’s death. Later the body was exhumed for DNA tests.

Tonu’s parents on May 10 blamed Army Sergeant Jahid, his wife and soldier Jahid for the murder, saying that Tonu had turned down a request made by the Sergeant Jahid to sing at an army programme.

The CID has so far interrogated more than a dozen suspects including two army officers in connection with the sensational case.

“To confirm the occurrence of rape, we contacted the physician. They did not find any evidence of rape saying that no specimen was preserved. Later we sent Tonu’s clothes to the CID office for DNA tests,” Nazmul said.

Dr Kamda Prasad Saha, leader of the team conducting the second post-mortem examination, said that the report would be submitted to the court very soon.

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