Salman was self-destructive, PBI says
Popular silver screen actor Salman Shah was not murdered, but committed suicide, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) said, concluding their investigation with a report to be submitted to the court today.
PBI chief, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Banaj Kumar Majumder, disclosed the findings of the probe report during a press briefing at PBI headquarters in Dhanmondi on Monday.
Finding no proof after several investigations by the Detective Branch (DB), and the Criminal Investigation Department of police (CID), and a judicial probe body, to substantiate the criminal case that actor Salman Shah was murdered, PBI determined five reasons behind his suicide: romantic relation with film star Shabnur, conjugal brawl, self-destructive attitude and suicide attempts, the stress he suffered for staying away from his mother due to his wife Samira, and having no child.
The PBI compiled the report after interrogating 44 people, including Salman’s former wife Samira, since it took over the case in December 2016, said Banaj Kumar. The court recorded statements of 10 of them.
Based on the investigation, the PBI chief said: "Salman was self-destructive, used to write letters with blood, consumed excessive amounts of pills, and also drank savlon."
When asked about Shabnur's statement about their intimacy, he said: “Shabnur said she was as close as was needed to be a co-actress. Shabnur regularly visited Salman’s house."
However, Rabeya Sultana Rubi, one of the accused in the actor’s death, once claimed on a Facebook post that Salman was murdered. Although, she later retracted her statement as it was not right.
About Rubi’s claim, the PBI chief said: "I received a letter from an attorney in the USA. He said Rubi was psychologically unwell when she proclaimed the cause of death."
Statement of witnesses
During the press briefing DIG Banaj Kumar Majumder read out the statement of the witnesses.
Of them, Monoara Begum, the then domestic help of Salman Shah, said: “Salman Shah had a quarrel with his wife over Shabnur. Salman wanted to form a family with two wives. Samira, however, did not agree to his proposal and told Salman to marry after divorcing her.”
Izzatul Nesa Sweety, the tenant of the next door neighbour, said in her statement: “Shabnur would come here regularly and the conflict was over this matter. Also, the couple did not have any children and were depressed."
Sumit Rahman, one of Salman’s close friends, said: “Salman was very quick-tempered. He would take offense about trivial things, and used to quarrel over silly matters. He would write letters in blood from his finger.”
Kazi Sharmin Nahid Nupur, better known by her stage name Shabnur, said: “We worked together in 14 movies. I had good relations with him as a co-artist. The previous day (the day before his death), we had a dubbing session and he seemed quite well. Later he left (the place) with his wife."
On September 6, 1996, Salman's body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Eskaton residence, leaving the entire country in shock — raising many questions.
His father Kamaruddin Chowdhury filed an unnatural death case with Ramna police station. Later, he applied to turn it into a murder case, alleging that his son was murdered.
After completing the investigation on November 3, 1997, CID submitted a report before the court stating that Salman had committed suicide.
Later, Salman’s father filed a review case against the report. Following the filing of the case on May 19, 2003, a Dhaka court was directed to conduct a judicial investigation into the case.
On August 3, 2014, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Emdadul Haque submitted a judicial probe report to the court, stating that he found no evidence of the actor being killed and was of the opinion that Salman had committed suicide.
Salman's mother has always insisted her son was murdered. Subsequently the court ordered the PBI to further investigate the case.