An online journalist who was heading towards his home in the bordering district of Sherpur on Tuesday was found murdered near the railway tract in Jamalpur on Wednesday, the police and family said.
Ishan Ibn Reza Fagun, 22, used to work with the online portal Priyo.com as sub-editor at the English section and was set to join another news portal Jagonews.com in June.
He was the son of NTV journalist Kakon Reza in Sherpur and used to live in Dhaka where he was studying alongside working as a journalist.
The police investigators found the body near Madhyapara area railway tract in Jamalpur district headquarters around 11:30pm on Tuesday but it the body remained unidentified until yesterday afternoon.
The General Railway Police Jamalpur officer-in-charge Taposh Chandra Pandith said the victim was lying on the ground and the body bore marks of injuries in the back of his head, in the throat and in the eyes. It was not clear how he could reach the place where the police found his body.
Police suspected that the body was bumped between 9:30pm and 10:30pm, according to the police official.
The victim’s father Kakon told New Age that Fagun was returning home with a laptop that belonged to him (father) when, at 7:30pm Tuesday, he spoke to his family members saying he was near Mymensingh.
‘We found his phone switched off afterwards and could not reach him anymore. He was set to join Jagonews.com after Eid and went to Dhaka to meet the employers,’ said the victim’s father, adding, ‘He was carrying my official laptop. I do not believe that he was killed only because of the laptop’.
The parents met police and filed a missing complaint on Wednesday.
The Mymensingh police range deputy inspector general Nibadh Chandra Majhi told New Age that they suspected it was a ‘planned killing’ as did the family members.
‘We are told that he was travelling by bus from Dhaka to Sherpur, though his body was found far away from his last call location near Mymemsing,’ said Nibash.
The Police Bureau of Investigation in Sherpur was placed in charge of the investigation into the killing, said the official.
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