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12:00 AM, February 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:14 AM, February 16, 2019

Looting was the motive

Police claim about murder of former Eden College principal; arrest two

Two house helps planned the killing of former Eden College principal Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin in her flat to loot cash and gold ornaments, police said yesterday.

Maruf Hossain Sorder, deputy commissioner (Ramna division) of DMP, made the disclosure yesterday, after arrest of two accused in the murder case.

House help Swapna alias Rita, 35, was arrested from Netrokona district and Runu alias 'Rakiber Ma' -- who liaised the recruitment of housemaids to the family -- was held from Mirpur area yesterday, he told reporters at a press briefing at New Market Police Station.

Another housemaid Ruma alias Reshma, 30, was still on the run, he said.

The DC said both housemaids provided false personal details to be appointed in Mahfuza's house. They strangulated her on February 10 and Ruma stole the victim's cell phone and a diary which contained their photographs and other details.

More details may come to light upon further investigation, he said.

Sazzad Ibna Rayhan, assistant commissioner of New Market zone police, who is coordinating the investigation, said they are carrying out raids in and outside Dhaka to arrest Ruma.

Victim's husband Ismat Quadir Gama filed a case with New Market Police Station against the three on Sunday.

In the case statement, Gama mentioned that the killers made away with Tk 50,000 and 20 tola of gold ornaments, worth around Tk 10 lakh, after the killing.

Police recovered a gold chain and Tk 7,000 from the possession of the arrestees.

A police officer said they are yet to find Runu's direct involvement in the murder, but she committed a crime by fleeing instead of helping police, after the killing. 

The deputy commissioner also urged city dwellers to collect photographs and details before hiring any house help, and to store those with more than one person and submit a copy to nearby police stations for future tracking. 

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