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12:00 AM, April 04, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:41 AM, April 04, 2021

Accident or murder or death?

Woman dies after Hatirjheel car crash; cops smell foul play; husband held

Mystery shrouds over the death of a housewife after a car driven by her husband hit a road divider in the capital's Hatirjheel area yesterday morning.

Saki ul Alam claimed that his wife Arpita Jhilik, who was already unwell and being taken to hospital, died following the accident.

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But police suspected it was murder while the deceased's family claimed that her in-laws "tortured her to death" and "staged the accident to cover up the murder".

Police detained Alam and the caretaker of his house in Gulshan for interrogation.

A CCTV camera -- at the building -- footage shows Jhilik in an unconscious state being carried to the car by several persons, police said.

Golam Kuddus, a sub-inspector of Hatirjheel Police Station, said they went to Ambagan area around 8:45am upon hearing of an accident.

A private car was seen ploughing through a road divider and a woman was seen lying in the backseat of the car. Later, the woman and her husband were taken to the hospital where the on-duty doctor declared the woman dead, he said.

The body was sent to DMCH morgue for autopsy.

Citing doctors at the hospital, inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH Police Outpost, said the body of the woman bore no injury marks that people usually get during accidents.

"There are injury marks in her leg, head and neck but those were not from accident…We are suspecting she was strangulated," he said.

Talking to reporters at DMCH, Alam however claimed that his wife was unwell and he was talking her to the hospital when a tyre burst and he lost control over the wheels.

The car hit a road divider, he claimed, adding that his wife and he got injured in the accident and later Jhilik died at the hospital.

Jhilik's younger brother Jabir Hossain Khan "We could not communicate Jhilik for last two days. Her husband called us in the morning and he was in hospital as Jhilik died."

"He killed my sister and staged the accident to diver the murder," he said.

Jabir said his sister married Alam in 2018 with a family arrangement following love affair. The couple had an eight-month old boy.

Sakib was drug addict and for this his two legs were swollen. He used to torture the victim, the family members said.


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