Reveals PBI after a 5-year probe into death of two press workers
News Desk : dhakamirror.com
Two bodies, two mysteries unsolved. In November 2017, press worker Sohel Mia was beaten unconscious by unidentified assailants. He later succumbed to his injuries in a Dhaka hospital.
His distant uncle, Iqbal Hossain, initially faced blame for the murder but four days later, his lifeless body was discovered hanging from a tree in Narayanganj’s Rupganj area.
Both of them worked at a printing press in Dhaka’s Kadamtali area. The press employees claimed it to be a suicide, fuelled by remorse of killing his own nephew while in hiding.
For five long years, the truth behind these deaths remained shrouded in mystery.
But yesterday, the Police Bureau of Investigation said Iqbal was not the perpetrator behind his nephew’s murder; instead, both of them were killed by their colleagues at the printing press for a dispute over using excessive electricity at the press.
According to PBI findings, 12 press workers were involved in the double murder, said PBI chief Banaj Kumar Majumder. Additionally, two drivers played a role in hanging Iqbal’s body in Rupganj to stage the incident as suicide, he added.
After the press workers beat the uncle and nephew, Iqbal died on the spot while nephew Sohail was critically injured and unconscious. The killers then hired a pickup van by paying its owner Tk 20,000 and used it to carry the body of Iqbal from Kadamtali to Rupganj.
The PBI has so far arrested eight individuals involved in the incident. Among them are printing press workers Jamal and Mamun, pickup driver Nur and its owner Badal.
Nur and Badal have already given confessional statements before a Narayanganj court, Banaj added.
On November 6, 2017, a press employee named Hasan Mia called Iqbal’s wife Parvin Begum and said Iqbal had beaten his nephew Sohail with an iron rod and escaped,
Sohail’s younger brother Saidur Rahman became filed a case against Iqbal with Kadamtali Police Station after his death. Things then got complicated when Iqbal’s hanging body was recovered.
Police then submitted the final report in the Sohel murder case as Iqbal was the only accused.
But things started to take a turn after getting the post-mortem report of Iqbal. The investigating doctor said the time of both deaths was close.
Iqbal’s wife then filed a murder case against 10 employees of the press. The PBI took charge of the investigation on March 22, 2018.