She was ‘tortured to death’ by her in-laws, claims victim’s family
Mystery surrounds the death of a woman after the vehicle driven by her spouse hit a road divider in the Hatirjheel area of Dhaka on Saturday morning.
Sakibul Alam, the husband of the deceased, said: “My wife Jhilik was already sick and I was taking her to the hospital. The accident claimed her life.”
However, law enforcers suspect that it was a planned murder.
Police said according to the family of the deceased, she had been “tortured to death” by her in-laws and they had “staged a drama to cover up the murder”.
The body had been taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for an autopsy, stated Hatirjheel police.
Police later detained Sakibul Alam and the caretaker of his house in Gulshan for interrogation.
Golam Kuddus, sub-inspector of Hatirjheel police station, said accompanied by a team of policemen, he went to the Ambagan area of Hatirjheel around 9am upon receiving information regarding the accident.
He said they saw that a private car had crashed into a road divider and a woman was lying on the backseat of the car.
"We took the woman and her husband to the hospital where the doctor on duty pronounced her dead," he stated.
Talking to reporters at DMCH, Sakibul Alam claimed that a tyre of their car had burst, making him lose control of the vehicle when they were on their way to the hospital.
His wife sustained injuries in the accident and later died at the hospital, Sakibul claimed.
Meanwhile, citing DMCH doctors, inspector Bacchu Miah, in-charge of the hospital’s police outpost, said the body of the woman bore no injury marks that people usually have in such accidents.
“The doctors found injury marks on the leg, head and neck of the deceased, but those were not from the accident," he added.
The doctors suspected that she had been strangled, the police official said.
CCTV footage of the couple’s residence showed that Jhilik was being carried towards the car by several people, police told the media after inspecting the video.