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Kushtia triple murder: ASI Soumen gives confessional statement

  • Published at 12:27 pm June 14th, 2021
Kushtia police shooting 13 June 2021
Police officials take position on the PTI Road in Kushtia town after an assistant sub-inspector shot three people in broad daylight on Sunday, June 13, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Two cases have been filed against him in Kushtia for the murders

Suspended police officer Soumen Roy has given a confessional statement before a Kushtia court over shooting three people dead in broad daylight.

He was produced before the court of Md Rezaul Karim on Monday afternoon where the judge recorded his statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. He was later sent to jail.

On Sunday night, two cases were lodged against him with Kushtia Model police station.

Hasina Khatun, mother of deceased Asma Khatun – Soumen’s second wife, filed a case around 8pm while Mejbar Rahman, father of deceased Shakil Khan, filed another case at 11pm, confirms Officer in-Charge (OC) Sabbirul Alam.

The same day, two separate inquiries were opened to deal with the matter.

The probe body formed by police’s Khulna Range was asked to file a report within two working days, while the other committee constituted by Kushtia district police was given seven working days.

Posted at Khulna’s Fultala police station as an assistant sub-inspector, Soumen was arrested on Sunday after publicly shooting three people dead in Kushtia town. The shooting took place at a market on the PTI Road.

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The victims were identified as Asma Khatun and her six-year-old-son Robin, and bKash agent Shakil Khan.

Police say the boy was her child from a previous marriage, and that Asma and Shakil were involved in a relationship.

According to witnesses, the victims were standing outside a three-storey building on Customs Road on Kushtia-Jhenaidah Highway around 11am when Soumen appeared on the scene.

Soumen first shot Asma, who was with her son, in her head with his pistol and then killed Shakil in the same manner. As the child tried to run away, Soumen caught him before shooting him in the head.

Locals found Asma and Shakil lying on the floor, while the boy was found near the entrance of the market.

When the people tried to catch him, a gun-wielding Soumen threatened them but took shelter inside the building. At that time, the locals began attacking him with stones and brickbats, and apprehended him before handing him over to the police.

Meanwhile, Kashinath Biswas, father of Soumen’s first wife, said that his daughter was happily married to Soumen since 2005. They have a daughter in class eight and a son in class two.

He said that he knew nothing about Soumen’s second marriage.

What Soumen told police

During preliminary interrogation, Soumen said that Asma had an extramarital relationship with Shakil.

He came to Kushita early Sunday from Khulna by a bus and brought a pistol and 12 bullets with him.

At one stage of the altercation with Asma, Soumen got furious and opened fire on them, said Farhad Hossain Khan, additional superintendent of Special Branch police.

Soumen, hailing from Sadar upazila in Magura district, reportedly married Asma one and a half-years ago hiding information about his first wife and two sons.

Our correspondent Hedait Hossain Molla, Khulna contributed to this report.

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