Vol. 5 Num 698 Wed. May 17, 2006  
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Nasreen Huq's Death
Investigators start quizzing accused driver

Investigators probing the death of ActionAid Country Director Nasreen Pervin Huq started quizzing Zakir Hossain, Nasreen's detained driver, in the Task Force for Interrogation (TFI) yesterday.

Sources said the interrogators are focusing on finding out whether anyone else had a hand behind her death. The TFI will continue today, the sources added.

On Sunday the case was handed to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigation officer (IO) of the case Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Arman Ali remarked before a court that ‘the killing of Nasreen was pre-planned'.

Zakir, now on a three-day remand, is expected to be produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka tomorrow on completion of his remand.

Nasreen died as her own car at the carpark of her Dhanmondi residence crushed her against a wall on April 24.

Sources said the investigators will decide within a day or two whether to appeal before a court to exhume Nasreen's body for autopsy.

Meanwhile, Advocate Alena Khan, who led an investigation into Nasreen's death, filed a general diary (GD) with Tejgaon Police Station on Monday after three unknown people called on her cellphone and spoke incoherently and inconsistently.

In the GD Alena, executive director of the Bangladesh Society for Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR), mentioned that the three unknown people called her from four different numbers which were unknown to her, police said.

"The callers asked me about my whereabouts and wanted to meet me in person but as I asked them about the purpose of the meeting, they hung up," Alena told The Daily Star yesterday.

She said nobody answered the phone when calls were made to those numbers from her office. "Sensing something fishy I decided to file a GD on Monday evening," she added.