Deaths of a woman and her three children at Kamarpara under Turag police station in Dhaka have resulted in a myriad of mysteries over whether they were murdered or the woman committed suicide after killing her children.
Rehana Parvin, 34, and her daughters NM Akhi Shanta, 13, and RM Arisha Shefa, 9, and nine-month-old son Md Muchamim Saad were found dead in their Kaliartek flat in the area early Friday.
Shanta is a fifth grader and Shefa is a second grader of Parashmoni Laboratory School there.
Rehana’s husband Mostafa Kamal, cashier of Jubo Kolyan Khudra Babsayee Cooperative Ltd, claimed that he did not know anything in this regard as he was outside the home when the incident took place.
Frustration over financial crisis and feuds with members of her in-laws’ house might have led her to commit suicide and kill the children, Mostafa told reporters.
A former employee of a buying house in Chittagong, Mostafa said: “We were once solvent. But now we are gripped by a financial crisis. Even, I fail to regularly pay tuition fees of my daughters Shanta and Shefa.”
What happened and how
Originally from Faridganj upazila in Chandpur, Mostafa and his eight siblings have living in a tin-roofed house on a portion of their 3,600sq-foot land in Kamarpara and rented out houses and shanties built on the other portion of the land.
On Thursday, Mostofa went out at 7pm. After returning home around 12am, he found his children lying unconscious on a bed while the body of his wife Rehana was hanging from a ceiling fan in another room of their house,” Mahbub-E-Khoda, officer-in-charge of Turag police station, quoted Mostofa as saying.
As he started screaming after finding them dead, locals rushed in and informed the police, which recovered the bodies, the OC added.
Sub-inspector Khagendra Chandra Sarker, who was involved in the recovery, found Shanta’s hands and legs tied with a piece of cloth and scarves wrapped around the necks of the other two kids.
Except the necks, the police did not find any bruise in other parts the deceased’s bodies.
What neighbours say
Sharif Hasan Liton, a renter of Mostafa, said: “I went out after Iftar. Returning home at the midnight, I heard Mostafa screaming in his house.”
Liton said he saw Mostafa’s sister Kohinur Begum come to the spot half an hour after the bodies were recovered, adding that Mostafa and Kohinur have been feuding with each other over collecting rents from their renters.
Nasrin, a mate of Shanta, said: “Five days ago, when I went to Shanta’s residence, her mother asked me whether I would be hurt if she, Shanta and Shefa die.”
Khalifa Beguam and Champa Akhter, who are dwelling in one of the shanties, said Rehana looked worried when they last met her earlier on the day. She also told them that her kids were sick.
Husband’s family blamed
However, Rozina Sultana, a sister of Rehana, accused Mostafa and his family of killing Rehana and the children centring disputes over properties.
“In 17 years of Rehana’s conjugal life, she never found a bit of happiness in her in-laws’ house,” said Rozina.
Another sister, Asma Akter, too accused Mostafa’s mother and sisters of psychologically torturing Rehana, who completed her post-graduation in social welfare, over the properties’ ownership.
Brushing the allegations of torture aside, Mostafa said: “Rarely does my mother visit our home. So, how did they [Rehana’s sisters] say this? They lost only one of their siblings, whereas I lost all of my three children.”
Two influential persons, who borrowed Tk50 lakh from his cooperative scheme, might have been involved in the killings, he said without mentioning their names.
Autopsy and investigation
Shahenshah Mahmud, additional deputy commissioner (Uttara) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said: “We are investigating the incident. Several units of the police are working on this. Nothing can be said before completing the investigation.”
The bodies were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.