The body of the child was sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue
After a six-hour stand-off, police recovered the body of a two-and-a-half-year-old and rescued his elder brother from a house in Dhaka yesterday.
The incident took place in the city’s Bangla motor area where the children’s father had allegedly held them hostage.
The body of the younger child, identified as Nur Safayet, was sent to Dhaka Medical College (DMC) morgue, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Ramna Divisional Deputy Commissioner Maruf Hasan Sarder told the Dhaka Tribune.
Nuruzzaman Kajol, reportedly a drug addict who seemed mentally unstable during arrest, was taken under police custody after the hostage situation ended yesterday afternoon, he added.
“The other child, four-year-old Nur Surayet, was rescued safe by police. He was handed over to his mother, Mithila Akhter Priya,” he further said.
Earlier, police received information that Kajol had taken his two children hostage; one was reportedly killed. Police later rushed there for rescue attempt.
“Kajol’s wife had left him after suffering from his addiction and torture for years,” Shahbagh police station OC Abul Hossain said.
Fire Service and Civil Defence Inspector Abdur Shahid also reiterated police statement, adding: “Kajol was seen sitting with a sharp weapon along with a caretaker of a local madsara and his two sons. The caretaker bathed Safayet’s body and covered him with a funeral shroud.
“The Fire Service let his relatives to convince him to let the caretaker and his children go, but he refused. Kajol claimed that his son had been electrocuted and died.”
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Kajol’s elder brother Nurul Huda Ujjal said: “Kajol has been a drug addict for a long time. He always got involved in fights with other members of our family. So, everyone started avoiding him.
“We learnt about today’s incident after the announcement was made at a nearby madrasa.”
Nurul said he did not believe Kajol, as he is a drug addict and there is a strong possibility that Kajol killed his son.
“Kajol used to live with our four brothers in the house. But all of them left as his mental stability started deteriorating due to his addiction,” his sister Rokeya Begum Keya said.
He was always suspicious of his brothers and believed that his brothers might grab the house and deprive him, his sister said.
According to police and locals sources, Kajol left his house around 7:30am yesterday morning, and brought a madrasa caretaker to offer special prayers at his house.
The caretaker saw that one of the children was unconscious and later informed other people.
OC Abul said they are considering all possibilities that could have caused the child’s death, but he also refused to term it a murder as they have yet to receive the autopsy report, andthe investigation is still in progress.
Inspector (investigation) Zafar Biswas said: “Kajol primarily confessed that he had killed his son. But the situation is suggesting that we need more investigation to confirm it. Autopsy reports shouldclarify if he actually killed his son or not.”