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3 held over murdering woman on moving bus in Ashulia

  • Published at 02:20 pm November 17th, 2018
Ashulia murder
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested three people in connection with the killing of a woman on a moving bus in Ashulia on November 16, 2018 Arifur Rahman Rabbi/Dhaka Tribune

Zarina Khatun, 45, was killed after her father Akbar Ali Mondol was shoved out of a running bus by transport workers in Ashulia on November 9

Zarina Khatun, 45, was killed after her father Akbar Ali Mondol was shoved out of a running bus by transport workers in Ashulia on November 9.

A case was lodged by Zarina's son-in-law Nur Islam with the Ashulia police station, which was later taken over by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) for further investigation.

However, in a twisted turn of events, the PBI investigation found Nur Islam - the plaintiff of the case - as the main accused. 

An elaborate ploy

Nur paid Tk10,000 to four transport workers to kill Zarina on the basis of a family feud.

Swapan, who had arranged the marriage between Nur and Zarina's daughter Rozina, acted as the middleman. Nur's mother had full knowledge of the murder plot.

PBI Chief Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Banaj Kumar Mazumder disclosed details of the investigation case at a press briefing held at PBI headquarters on Saturday. 

Nur, 29, his mother Amena Begum, 48, and the matchmaker Swapan, 35 were arrested on Friday in connection with the incident.

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The investigations showed that Nur used to torture Zarina's daughter Rozina regularly at their residence in Ashulia Gazirchat area, the PBI chief said at the briefing. 

"Zarina often used to go to their place to try and mitigate the situation," he said.

But that did not sit well with Nur and his family, the PBI chief added.

"Nur paid their matchmaker Swapon with Tk10,000 and told him to 'teach Zarina a lesson'", Banaj addressed the briefing.

Swapan then conspired with a bus driver and his assistants to beat up Zarina and her father on their way back to their residence in Sirajganj, he said.

"At one point during the journey, the transport workers beat up Akbar and threw him out of the bus," Banaj continued. "Then, they proceeded to beat up Zarina."

Realizing Zarina had died during the beating, the transport workers abandoned the bus and fled, the PBI chief said.

Nur later filed a case with the Ashulia police station. 

However, Nur has denied the allegations brought against him, saying that since he is a plaintiff in the case, he cannot be held as an accused. 

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