A senior madrasa student reportedly murdered another student by slitting his throat, in Gulistan area of Dhaka last Sunday.
Md Mahmudul Haque, acting Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Paltan police station, told the Bangla Tribune that Abu Bakkar, 16, killed Md Abdur Rahman Zidan, 14, who was his junior in the class, in a room full of forty sleeping students at Madinatul Madrasa.
He also added that the suspected murderer and the victim had an ongoing dispute over seniority in that madrasa.
According to the police, Zidan was killed in the early hours of Sunday between 1:30am to 2am. Teachers and students of the madrasa found the victim’s body inside a septic tank shortly after the murder by following the trail of blood.
Speaking to several students at the madrasa last Monday, the correspondent learned that the suspected murderer and the victim were friends, but their relationship soured over establishing seniority.
They added that more than forty students including Bakkar and Zidan went to sleep in a madrasa room around 10pm on Saturday night.
Around 1:30am, two students woke up and started screaming after noticing the copious amount of blood on Zidan’s bed and on the floor.
“When we noticed that Zidan is missing, we started looking for him. His body was later found inside the septic tank beside the toilet,” a student said.
The victim was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the on duty doctors declared him dead.
Abu Bakkar supposedly made his escape from the madrasa during the commotion.
Zidan is a native of Mymensingh and was studying Hifz in that madrasa while Bakkar hails from Barisal and was a senior student there.
Rezaul Alam, a sub-inspector of Paltan Police Station said the victim’s body has been sent to DMCH morgue for autopsy.
Many parents have taken their children home following the gruesome murder. Students who remain at the madrasa are still traumatised over the incident. Police have questioned some of the students and three teachers for clues.
Paltan police station OC Mahmudul Haque confirmed that relatives of Zidan have been contacted and the body of the victim will be handed over to his family members after autopsy.
“Police have launched an investigation over the murder, and efforts are on to track down the prime suspect Abu Bakkar,” the OC added.
Madinatul Madrasa was established in 2010 and is funded by donations and fees paid by the students. More than a hundred students aged between five to sixteen study Hifz in that institution.