Sunday, July 21, 2024

His chopped body found in a sack

Abducted Businessman of Rajshahi
His chopped body found in a sack
Police yesterday recovered a businessman’s decomposed body, cut into nine pieces, from a house at Alupatty in Rajshahi city three days into his abduction.
Victim Md Aminul Haque, 50, resident of Nawdapara, was a class-I contractor and also the owner of hotel Haque’s International at RDA market in the city.
Police recovered the body stuffed into a sack around 5:00am while raiding a house rented by Sarwar Hossain, said Khan Muhammad Shahriar, officer-in-charge of Boalia Police Station.
The law enforcers recovered Tk 19.48 lakh from Sarwar which he got from the victim’s family as ransom. They also found the victim’s cellphone and a knife and a chopper used to reduce the body into pieces.
Sarwar, a plastic shop owner, and his employee Abdul Hakim were arrested in this connection.
Police traced Sarwar by tracking Aminul’s cell phone. They also picked up Ali Ahmed and another businessman from Sagorpara screening Sarwar’s call list in cellphone.
In the afternoon, Sarwar and Hakim were placed before a Rajshahi court with seven days’ remand prayer for each. As they agreed to confess before the court, Metropolitan Magistrate Mamunur Rashid finished recording their statements under section 164 around 8:00pm.
The arrestees also confessed to killing Aminul in the primary interrogation, said Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Commissioner M Obaidullah, adding that as per the confession, the killing took place over purchasing a piece of land.
Aminul was last seen on Sunday around 12:30pm when he left his car near Shaheb Bazar Boro Masjid. His brother-in-law Mahmudur Rahman lodged a general diary with Boalia Police Station late that night stating Aminul was missing.
The RMP commissioner said according to the primary confession, Sarwar sold a piece of land near RDA market to Aminul Haque ten years ago. Of the bargain, Aminul still owed Sarwar Tk 4 lakh, which motivated Sarwar to the killing.
Aminul was also engaged in the business of purchasing and selling disputed lands and Sarwar recently helped Aminul buy a plot near Shaheb Bazar Zero Point.
Becoming close again, Sarwar convinced Aminul to visit his home. When Aminul reached there on Sunday, Sarwar and his accomplice Hakim took him hostage and demanded Tk 20 lakh as ransom.
Aminul then called his friend Mominul Haque, owner of a filling station at Nawdapara, over the phone and asked him to give his [Aminul’s] wife the money keeping the abduction affair within him and the family.
Aminul’s wife Salma Sultana handed over the money to Hakim near Utsab cinema hall, a place close to Sarwar’s house, around 3:30pm Sunday.
The family informed police about the abduction the next day as Aminul was still kept a hostage.
According to Sarwar’s confessional statement to police, they drugged Aminul with sedatives and slit his throat. They feared backlash from Aminul once the influential businessman is freed.
Sarwar’s plan was to stuff a sack with pieces of Aminul and throw it in the Padma river near his house.
He moved in the house three months ago with his wife and 13-year-old daughter. The wife and the daughter were present during the murder and, as Sarwar said, got very nervous and furious with him over the killing.
Sarwar sent them to his village in Kishoreganj Monday morning with Tk 52,000 of the ransom.


Courtesy of The Daily Star

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