A father and his daughter, and a child specialist were found murdered in separate incidents in Chattogram over the last two days.
Police yesterday recovered the bodies of a man and his four-year-old daughter from their house in the port city’s Nimtala-Biswa Road area.
The dead were identified as Abu Taher, 35, a day labourer, and his daughter Bibi Fatema, from Noakhali, said police.
Their bodies were found with the throats slit.
Police detained Taher’s wife Hasina Begum, who worked as domestic help, for interrogation, said Kamrul Islam, assistant commissioner (Bandar Zone) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police.
“The wife told police that she first spotted the bodies when she came back home around 11:30am from work,” he added.
AC Kamrul said they believe the incident took place between 10:30am and 11:30pm at the victims’ rented house on the ground floor of Hazi Shah Alam building in Buchukkya Colony. Investigators said the building’s ground floor, which is almost always dark, had six rooms for tenants who are mainly from the lower-income group.
Quoting the victims’ neighbours, the AC said the family was seen having breakfast together in the morning.
However, Hasina said she had already left for work at that time.
“The woman said she saw Taher’s body lying on the floor and her baby’s body on the bed when she came back, and started screaming,” AC Kamrul said.
He added, “During primary interrogation, she provided misleading information to police.”
Police seized a knife from the spot, which is believed to be used in the double murder.
The Criminal Investigation Department of police and Police Bureau of Investigation visited the spot and collected evidence.
Taher’s neighbour Md Faruk Hossain said, “I was asleep during the incident and suddenly woke up after hearing Hasina’s screams. I rushed to the spot and found the father and daughter in pools of blood.”
“On Thursday, the couple had locked into a scuffle at home… we called the two out and solved the issue,” said Faruk, a truck driver.
“They had been living here for five years after they got married,” he added.
According to locals, another murder had taken place in the building around four months ago when a young man was stabbed to death over gambling issues.
AC Kamrul said police learned about the couple’s fight on Thursday and were now verifying all the information.
However, no case was filed in this regard till the filing of this report.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the victims were sent to Chattogram Medical College (CMC) morgue for autopsy.
CHILD SPECIALIST SLAIN
Police on Friday recovered the body of the child specialist from Kumari Ghat area of Chattogram’s Sitakunda upazila.
The dead was identified as Md Shah Alam, 61.
Shamim Sheikh, inspector (investigation) of Sitakunda police station said Alam’s body was recovered around 10:00am. His relatives came to CMC morgue at night and identified him.
The victim had returned to the country after working in a hospital in Saudi Arabia for 30 years. He was the head of paediatric surgery in Madina Maternity and Children’s Hospital there.
He came back two years ago and established a child clinic -- Baby Care Private Ltd -- in Sitakunda.
The inspector said that soon after Alam left his Sitakunda clinic around 9:30pm on Thursday for his home in Chattogram city’s Chadgaon residential area, he went missing.
On information from locals, police recovered the body with multiple stab wounds in the hands, face and legs, Inspector Shamim said.
Mir Mohammad Helal Uddin, brother-in-law of the victim, said Alam came to Bangladesh after retirement to do something for the people of his village even though his relatives had told him not to come back. “He was so gentle and polite. I can’t believe someone murdered him.”
He added, “I had also discouraged him to return, leaving the secured life and career in Saudi Arabia. But he was determined to serve people in his village.
“He founded the clinic in the village but could not serve the people for too long as his clinic began operating in January… It is very unfortunate that a brilliant mind, who returned to the country to serve his people, has been brutally killed.”
Alam used to use public transport to go home from his clinic, said Izab Uddin, the receptionist at Alam’s clinic.
“On Thursday night, I escorted him to a Safe Line Paribahan human haulier,” he said, adding, “There was only one other passenger with the doctor when I saw him off.”
Alam’s niece Nasrin Akhter said that the murder seemed to be planned since valuables, like his wrist watch, were still with him. The murder could not have been carried out by muggers, she alleged.
Inspector Shamim, however, said the victim’s mobile phone was missing and found switched off.
The doctor was a batch-20 student of Chattogram Medical College and completed his MBBS in 1983.
Dr Mujibul Huq Khan, president of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) in Chattogram and also a class mate of the victim, said that Alam was very soft-spoken and good natured. “As far as I know, he did not have any enmity with anyone.”
Such an incident will discourage brilliant minds, who are abroad, to return to the country and serve its people, Mujibul said.
Monwar-ul-Haque Shamim, vice-president of BMA in Chattogram, said, “I demand the administration arrest the criminals immediately.”
Ajmeri Shikder Kanta, wife of Alam, said she called her husband several times on Thursday night but did not get any response.“At one stage, his phone was found switched-off,” she said, adding, “Worried, I started contacting our relatives.”
“How will I live now?” she said as she wailed in front of the CMC morgue.
The couple has two sons -- Nabil, a university student, and Ryan, an O’ levels candidate.
Inspector Shamim said a case was being filed with Sitakunda police station. No one was arrested in connection with the incident till filing of this report last night.