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Barguna murder: Who are the killers?

  • Published at 02:04 am June 28th, 2019
Rifat Sharif-Barguna
File photo of Rifat Sharif Collected

Every time they were put behind bars, they were freed on bail

The killers, who killed Rifat Sharif of Barguna in broad daylight in front of his wife, had long criminal records, and arrest history, but nothing happened to them.

Every time they were put behind bars, they were freed on bail.

Locals know them for their "well decorated" faces in view of the rising trend of their crimes in Barguna, who on Wednesday morning, appeared as notorious murderers in a busy street in broad daylight.

Nayan Bond and Rifat Farajee, the two machete-wielding youths were engaged in various crimes including drug dealing, and mugging in the small coastal town for a long time, they said. 

Even the newlywed wife of Rifat, who stood alone to try to save her husband from the attackers, could not get the courage to file a case against Nayan, who allegedly has been stalking the girl for long.

The attack that left her husband dead, was captured on a surveillance camera, that showed the youth being hacked in front of Barguna Government College around 10:30am, where Rifat went to drop his wife off.

Nayan used to disturb Ayesha Akhter Munni on her way to college, and pressured her to marry him, otherwise threatened to kill her family members. “He threatened to kill my brother, and hack my father, if I don’t talk to him,” she said.

“One day, he (Nayan) put a machete on my neck while threatening, and I informed this to my parents. Then, my family arranged my marriage with Rifat, hoping to get rid of this continuous trouble. But after the marriage, he started threatening my husband too,” she said.

Ayesha and her family could not file a case in fear. “Everyone knows he is a criminal. We did not want to fall in any trouble in the future.” 

The other youth Rifat Farajee, who accompanied Nayon during the attack, is his neighbor and crime partner.  Both Nayon and Rifat Farajee live at Dhanshiri Sarak of the town.

Nayan has been living in a house with his mother since his father died, and his elder brother Miraz went to Singapore to make a living. Gradually, the youth got involved with drug trading, and other heinous crimes.

On March 5, 2017, the Detective Branch of police conducted a drive at his house, and arrested him and one of his cohorts, Imam, along with two locally-made weapons, 300 pieces of Yaba, 12 bottle of Phensedyl, and 100 grams of heroin. 

Police filed two cases against them, yet they were later freed on bail.

Police said Nayan is accused in some other cases too, but could not provide specific information.

Reckless day by day

His cohort Rifat Farajee’s criminal records show how a youth could become reckless day by day. 

Son of Dulal Farajee, Rifat has been involved in crimes, from snatching to hacking, and was arrested a number of times. Hacking people was nothing new to him. 

In July 2017, along with some of his friends, Rifat hacked his neighbor Tarikul Islam, following a feud over a trifling matter, although victim Tarikul avoided the road in front of their house for one and a half months, yet could not save himself ultimately. A case was filed against Rifat in this regard.

In another incident Rifat Farajee robbed 14 mobile phones from a students’ mess, and police could recover eleven of them after his father was arrested. 

However, his father Dulal was released after he bought the rest of the three mobile phones for the victims. In 2017, Rifat snatched a mobile phone from an Imam of a local mosque, and sold it.

Following intervention by locals, Rifat gave Tk7000 to the victim, but the Imam had to flee the area for fear upon being threatened to be hacked.

The most daunting task that the notorious youth engaged in, was vandalising a police official’s house at DKP road, because his wife asked Rifat not to gather in front of their house with friends. Later he was arrested, and subsequently freed on bail.

Lastly, on Wednesday morning, the duo, along with some others hacked Rifat Sharif, 22, in front of his wife outside Barguna Government College. 

Rifat was admitted to Barguna General Hospital, and later transferred to Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barisal, where he succumbed to his injuries.