Six people arrested over the murder of lawyer Omar Faruq Bappi in Chittagong have confessed during preliminary questioning to their direct involvement in strangling the man to death, police have claimed.
One of the arrestees is Bappi’s so-called wife Rasheda Begum, Additional Superintendent of Police Md Moin Uddin of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) told a press briefing at PBI headquarters on Monday evening.
He said Rasheda had hired four men through her friend Humayun Rashid with the plan to force Bappi pay Tk10 lakh as den mohor instead of the Tk2 lakh agreed in the Kabinnama (marriage contract).
In Islam, a den mohor or mahr is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom's father, to the bride at the time of marriage, which legally becomes her property.
Moin Uddin said Rasheda and the five others met Bappi on Friday night and tried to get his signature on a blank paper in an attempt to create a legal document to get the money, but instead they killed him.
Apart from Rasheda, 27, the five other arrestees are Humayun, 28, Al Amin, 28, Md Parvez alias Ali, 24, Akbar Hossain alias Rubel, 23, and Jakir Hossain alias Molla Jakir, 35.
Police recovered Bappy’s body from a flat in a building on KB Aman Ali Road under Chawkbazar police station in the port city on Saturday morning. A case over the murder was also started later.
The hands and legs of the lawyer were tied with rope while his genitals were severed, UNB said in a report.
Additional SP Moin told Monday’s press briefing that they arrested Rasheda and the others during raids conducted over the last two days.
Case investigation officer PBI Inspector Santosh Kumar Chakma said Rasheda and Humayun were arrested from Comilla’s Miabazar area on Sunday night during a drive carried out on a tip-off.
Based on the information the duo provided, the four others were arrested from Chittagong city’s EPZ area on Monday morning, he said.
PBI officials Moin and Santosh both claimed that all six have confessed to killing Bappi during preliminary questioning in police custody.
“Some of them also added that they had no plan to kill Bappi originally. But during the altercation while trying to have him sign the blank paper, they strangled him to death,” Moin said during Monday’s press meet.
On Tuesday, a Chittagong court granted police four days each to grill Rasheda, Humayun, Parvez and Jakir, reports UNB.
Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Mehenat Rahman passed the order after Inspector Santosh produced them before the court seeking a seven-day remand.
Witnesses also said a group of agitated lawyers had tried to attack the accused when they were taken to the court in the morning, but failed due to police protection, said the UNB report.
Part of this article was first published on Bangla Tribune