Uncle, cousin confess in court; three remanded
Five-year-old Tuhin Hasan was killed by his father, uncle and cousin, Sunamganj police have said a day after the brutal murder that shook the country.
The district’s Acting Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Mizanur Rahman disclosed the information at a press briefing at his office yesterday evening.
“Tuhin’s father Abdul Basir, Basir’s brother Nasir Uddin and nephew Shahriar murdered the five-year-old and hung him from the tree to frame their rivals,” he said.
Their involvement was confirmed during police’s primary interrogation and through confessional statements of two of them, he said.
Nasir and Shahriar yesterday confessed in front of a Sunamganj court to their direct involvement in the murder along with Basir.
Another court yesterday also granted police three days to interrogate Basir and his two other brothers, Abdul Mosabbir and Jamshed Ali.
The confessional statements have also confirmed Mosabbir and Jamshed’s direct involvement.
All five were shown arrested in a murder case that Tuhin's mother Monira Begum filed at Derai police station on Monday night.
Tuhin’s mutilated dead body was found hanging from a tree near the family’s home at Kejaura village under Derai upazila’s Rajanagar union in the early hours of Monday.
The child’s body bore stab wounds, while his throat was slit and his ears and genitals cut off. Two knives that were used to kill him were also left jammed in Tuhin’s abdomen.
The news of the murder and photos of Tuhin’s dead body soon went viral on social media, drawing much condemnation from the netizens.
Many also questioned the sanity and humanity of those who killed the child, and demanded their immediate arrest and maximum punishment.
On Monday evening, Acting SP Mizanur had said that they found the involvement of several family members in the murder following preliminary interrogation.
He said yesterday that Basir is accused in several cases, including one filed over murder. The other four are also named in a number of cases.
“Basir has old rivalries with a number of people of the Kejaura village, including former UP member Anwar Hossain, Soleman and Salatul, over different issues. He decided to kill Tuhin in a bid to frame the rivals and establish dominance in the area.”
The police official said: “Basir himself took a sleeping Tuhin outside from their home and led others in killing the child.
“Basir was even carrying Tuhin when the child’s throat was slit. Afterwards, Basir and Nasir led the others in stabbing and mutilating Tuhin’s body, before hanging it from the tree.”
Mizanur said they would further investigate to determine whether anyone else was involved in the murder. “We will send the murder weapons for forensic tests and run fingerprints.”
“This is a sensitive case. We will submit our investigation report in court very soon. The killers will hopefully get exemplary punishment,” he added.