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12:00 AM, May 11, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:01 AM, May 11, 2021

College Girl’s Death: Family irked by poor probe progress

Family of the college girl found dead in a Gulshan flat has expressed frustration and dissatisfaction as police have not yet arrested or even interrogated Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir, who stands accused of abetting her suicide.

"My sister was in a relationship with Anvir who promised her to marry and settle abroad. On April 26 morning, my sister called me and said Anvir would not marry her and had scolded her. She also said she is in trouble and an accident may happen anytime," said the victim's elder sister, who filed the case against Anvir.

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"It is already two weeks since the body of my sister was recovered, but police are yet to collect the call record of Anvir's mobile phone," she told The Daily Star yesterday.

Police recovered the body hanging from the ceiling fan in her bedroom on April 26. Her legs were touching the bed and both knees were a little bent, said the complainant in the case statement.

The victim's sister said she and her husband went to Dhaka on Wednesday as police wanted to speak to them.

They met deputy commissioner of Gulshan division, an additional deputy commissioner and the investigation officer of the case, also the officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station where she lodged the case on July 27.

"Police confirmed us that they have found evidence that suggests Anvir had instigated my sister to take her life. But police did not quiz him yet," the victim's sister said.

She added that the ADC during the meeting assured them that they would submit a charge sheet against Anvir for abetting the suicide after completing the probe.

She said the officer also told her that there are some issues in arresting Bashundhara Group MD and they could not arrest him without permission from the higher authorities as the case is filed under Section 306 of the Penal Code.

The victim's sister also said immediately after her sister's death, she was in trauma and had missed some noticeable issues that she failed to mention in the complaint.

The fully furnished flat was chosen by Anvir that means he was already acquainted with the flat/building authority, she added. There is no grill in the dining room balcony and anyone can enter the flat through the balcony from the back side or from adjacent flat or building to avoid CCTV cameras.

"We asked the police to investigate this point, but police apparently did not take my point into consideration," she added.

She alleged that her sister was murdered by Bashundhara Group MD. "If Anvir is innocent, then why some of his family members left the country," she questioned.

The complainant also alleged that the Bashundhara Group is using its influence on a section of media to assassinate her sister's character. "Even the Bashundhara Group had persuaded their only brother to file a murder case against Sharun in this connection possibly to divert the focus against Anvir," she said.

The brother who had no contracts with the sisters for the last two years following a dispute with them over ancestral land lodged the case against Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun, son of Awami League lawmaker and parliament whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, with a Dhaka court on May 1.

After recording the complainant's statement, the court ordered that all proceedings of the murder case would be stayed until the probe report over abetting suicide of the college girl is completed.

Shafiul Ahmed Babul, commander of Cumilla Muktijoddha Sangsad, said, "The victim was a daughter of a freedom fighter. We want proper investigation and immediate arrest of Bashundhara Group MD. "

The death of the girl created stir and there were protests in Cumilla and Dhaka.


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