Rangpur Special Court's missing Special Public Prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik was killed on the night of March 29, Director General of RAB Benazir Ahmed told a press briefing on Wednesday.
Benazir said that Rathish's wife Deepa Bhowmik and her lover were involved in the murder.
"We think that Rathish was killed on the basis of family conflicts and his wife's extramarital affair," said Benazir.
"After interrogating Deepa Bhowmik, we came to know that the plan for Rathish's murder was hatched two months ago," he continued. "However, it could be not executed till March 29 because of various reasons."
According to RAB-13 Acting Commander Maj Gen Armeen Rabbi, Rathish's corpse was recovered based on his wife’s and her alleged lover's confessions.
At around 11pm on Tuesday, RAB picked up Deepa from her house. During her interrogation, she confessed that her husband's body had been hidden in a construction site owned by her alleged lover’s brother, Khademul Islam Jafri, in the Mohallapara area of Tajhat, Rangpur.
Deepa and Jafri accompanied RAB to recover Rathish's body, which was covered in a sack and stowed under the construction site.
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Rathish’s body was sent to Rangpur Medical College hospital for autopsy, and Deepa and Jafri were both arrested for involvement in the murder.
Aside from the deceased's younger brother journalist Sushanto Bhowmik, General Secretary of Rangpur Lawyers' Association Abdul Malek, General Secretary of Rangpur Awami League Rezaul Karim Raju, Rathish's brother-in-law Prof Dr Animesh Mazumdar, and others went to the site to identify Rathish's body.
Deepa Bhowmik and Kamrul Islam Jafri are both associate teachers in Tajhat High School.
According to Rangpur Police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman, after Rathish went missing on Friday, police immediately started investigating the matter after it was reported. On Saturday, they detained Deepa Bhowmik's lover Kamrul Islam Jafri from his house in Radhaballav area of Rangpur.
Jafri confessed to his involvement in the murder.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com