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Double murder over business dispute

Update : 13 May 2015, 08:14 PM

A woman and her uncle-in-law, who were brutally hacked to death in Dhaka’s Mirpur yesterday, might have been victims of a dispute over a business partnership.

However, the police said men from the gang of top-listed criminals Bikash and Prakash might also have reasons to kill them in connection with an un-entertained extortion demand.

Around 2pm yesterday, two unidentified men entered the Pallabi house of Sweety Khatun, 24, a businesswoman, and hacked her and her husband’s maternal uncle Aminul Islam, 44, to death.

According to Abdul Khaleq, security guard of the seven-storey building in the extended residential area in Mirpur’s Pallabi, two young men aged between 25-30 years came on a motorbike at around 1:30pm, and started climbing the stairs.

When Khaleq asked them who they were, the young men replied that they were relatives of Sweety, who lived on the fifth floor with her husband Jahidul Islam.

Uncle Aminul, partially paralysed, had come to visit their place a few days ago, said Jahidul’s brother Jewel, who introduced himself as a local leader of ruling Awami League’s student front Chhatra League.

Around 2:10pm, the two young men came down in a hurry and quickly went away on their motorbike, Khaleq said.

Sweety’s husband Jahidul, a deputy assistant engineer of Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco), came home for lunch at around 2:50pm. Sweety was the chairman of an electrical appliances supply business named Independent Power Limited.

“I rang the doorbell as usual, but nobody answered. So, I opened the door with my spare key, stepped in and saw found that my wife and uncle were lying dead in a pool of blood,” Jahidul told reporters.

“I found my five-year-old son Saad locked from the outside in one of the bathrooms of our flat. He had an injury mark on his right eyebrow,” he said.

Police said Sweety’s body was found on the bed in the master bedroom and Aminul’s body on the floor in the adjacent guest room. They found the two rooms turned upside down and a lot of blood on the floor of the guest room. 

Their neigbour Jahangir Alam, who lived on the floor above, told the Dhaka Tribune that he only came to know that something had gone wrong after Jahidul raised a hue and cry. By the time he went downstairs, many people had already gathered at the crime scene.

He also said that Jahidul had bought the flat for Tk48 lakh a little over a year ago and started living there.

Kamal Hossain, a sub-inspector of Pallabi police station, who took the bodies to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, told our correspondent that Sweety’s body had just one stab mark and Aminul’s body had as many as seven.

He also said that the killers might have suffocated Sweety by pressing a pillow over her face.

“But we will have to wait until the autopsy report comes tomorrow [today] to know exactly how they were killed,” the SI said.

Relatives said that after autopsy, the deceased will be buried at their village home in Gandail village under Kazipur upazila in Sirajganj.

Motives

Police yesterday detained a man named Shahin from the Pallabi area hours after the murders.

Nisarul Arif, deputy commissioner of police’s Pallabi Zone, told reporters in a briefing at the crime scene that Shahin is a partner at Independent Power Limited.

The DC said there could be family and business disputes behind the murders. Quoting Jahidul, he said Sweety might have had a business partnership dispute with Shahin.

Moreover, one and a half months ago, Jahidul filed a general diary with the Pallabi police station saying some people had demanded Tk3 lakh as extortion from their family, DC Arif said.

Jahidul earlier told reporters that Shahin had a quarrel with Sweety and Jahidul a few days ago over business matters. They had a meeting on Tuesday but that never happened because of some reasons.

He also said that in the last week of March, a man named Zishan, who introduced himself as an associate of top criminals Prakash and Bikash, called them up and demanded Tk3 lakh as extortion. However, they never called up after the GD was filed. 

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