Family members and relatives are stepping back citing various reasons
Although 24 hours have passed since the recovery of doctor Kazi Sabira Rahman Lipi’s dead body from her Kalabagan residence, no case has been registered yet.
Police say none of Sabira’s relatives so far had agreed to be a plaintiff in the case. Relatives have been citing various reasons for their reluctance.
In such a situation, after a certain period of time, the police will file a case as the plaintiff.
Police recovered the doctor’s body on Monday afternoon from her flat and later sent it to the morgue of Dhaka Medical College for autopsy.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s New Market Zone Assistant Commissioner Sharif Mohammad Faruquzzaman told the media that Dr Sabira’s husband Shamsuddin Azad, an official in a private bank, was asked to be the plaintiff in the case. But he expressed his unwillingness to do so, citing various ailments, including diabetes.
On the other hand, one of Sabira’s uncles was asked to be a plaintiff, but he also declined, citing such reasons as living outside Dhaka and having a business there, AC Sharif said.
“However, Sabira’s only son Tazwar is now an adult. He was also asked to be the plaintiff in the case. But Sabira’s mother put up her objections, saying the boy would soon move to Canada for higher studies and so he could not [file the case],” the assistant commissioner added.
Sabria’s family members were unavailable for comment.
On the other hand, Kalabagan police station Officer-in-Charge Paritosh Chandra told Dhaka Tribune that law enforcers had contacted the family members of the doctor and they had agreed to file a lawsuit soon.
“As soon as the case is filed, we will go full swing into the investigation,” he added.
In the morning, personnel of the Criminal Investigation Department’s Crime Scene Unit and the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) had already visited her flat.
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When contacted, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Ramna Division of DB police Azimul Haque, said: “There is no progress in this incident. We have kept the four [including Kaniz Subarna, who shared the flat with Sabira, one of Subarna’s friends, and Ramzan, a security guard of the building] in our custody for quizzing.”
The deceased doctor, aged 45, was a physician of the radiology department of Green Life Hospital.
DC Azimul Haque on Monday said: “We are suspecting that the doctor was murdered. The victim’s neck bore injuries caused by sharp weapons. The same kind of marks were found on her back."
Dr Sabira divorced her husband a few days ago and was staying in a shared flat in Kalabagan First Lane.
On Monday morning, a fire broke out in her house. The fire service was called but the fire was doused before they arrived.
“We believe that this was done by the killers as a diversion,” he added.
Her flatmate Kaniz Subarna had gone out for a walk. Upon returning home, she found Sabira's door closed from inside and smoke coming out of the room. She collected an extra key from the security guard of the building to open the door and found Dr Sabira lying on the floor.