Investigators suspect that Rakib Uddin Ahmed Bhuiyan, who remains missing in the area since Tuesday, is the key planner behind the alleged murders
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police have identified the husband of the woman who was found reportedly murdered with two of her children at their house in Dakshinkhan of Dhaka as the prime suspect in the case.
Investigators suspect that Rakib Uddin Ahmed Bhuiyan, who remains missing in the area since Tuesday, is the key planner behind the alleged murders.
A woman and her two children were found dead in a flat of a multi-storey building in the capital’s Dakshinkhan area on Friday.
The deceased woman was identified as Munni, 37, her son Farhan, 11, and daughter Laiba, 3.
Police said three family members were murdered at least 24-72 hours before police recovered their body.
According to local residents and police, Munni’s husband Rakib, a sub-assistant engineer of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), was not present at the house when police recovered the bodies.
Police seized a diary from the house in which a line was written: “I killed my family and you will find me on a railway line”, slain Munni's cousin Mamunur Rashid Babu told Dhaka Tribune.
Lt Col Shafi Ullah Bulbul, commanding officer of RAB-1said absconding Rakib was the key suspect as he had earlier demanded that his wife's family manage money for him to repay his loans.
“Rakib was involved in gambling and had a debt of Tk60 lakh. As he was failing to repay the loans, his behaviour changed and he became a mentally disabled person for the last few months,” said Bulbul, adding that Rakib’s phone had been switched off since January 31.
The RAB official said they had detained Rakib’s elder brother for deleting footage from the CCTV camera of the house.
However, no case was filed till on Saturday in this connection.
Two children strangled, injury mark on mother’s head
The autopsy results of the three showed evidence that the mother had head injuries while her children were strangled to death.
There were marks of a heavy object like a hammer hitting the mother's head, said Dr AKM Main Uddin at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College & Hospital who carried out the autopsy pm Saturday.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the three were buried at Banani graveyard in Dhaka, said the deceased Munni's cousin Mamunur Rashid Babu.
Hafizur Rahman Real, additional commissioner of Uttara Division of Dhaka Metropolitan police, said police were investigating the case from different angles, but were trying to locate the absconding Rakib first.
“We think these were murders,” he said.