PBI submits final report on Salman Shah’s death

Court Correspondent | Published: 14:21, Feb 25,2020 | Updated: 01:33, Feb 26,2020


Salman Shah.

The Police Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday submitted a 600-page investigation report on the death of actor Salman Shah to court.

Sirajul Islam Bulbul, inspector of PBI, submitted the report to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

The report found that Salman Shah committed suicide over conjugal feud.

Sub-inspector Helal, recording officer of the court’s despatch section, said that the document would be sent to the respective court later.

The police report said that the PBI examined statements of a total of 44 witnesses to reach the decision.

On Monday, PBI investigation found that Salman Shah, one of the most iconic figures in Bangladesh’s film industry, committed suicide over conjugal feud.

His family, however, rejected the findings of the special unit of police.

A Dhaka court on December 6, 2016 asked the PBI to carry out further investigations into the case filed over the death of Salman Shah for the fresh inquiry.

‘The death of Dhallywood’s popular film star Salman Shah is not a murder, rather he committed suicide following a family dispute,’ PBI chief and deputy inspector general of police Banaj Kumar Majumder told a press conference held at its headquarter in the capital’s Dhanmondi on Monday morning.

The popular film actor died on September 6, 1996 at 25 and his father Kamaruddin Chowdhury had filed an unnatural death case which he later turned into a murder case.

Detective Branch, Criminal Investigation Department of police and a judicial probe body investigated the case separately and submitted their reports saying that Salman’s death was a case of unnatural death, which Salman Shah’s family rejected.

However, according to a PBI investigation report, five reasons have been mentioned for Salman Shah’s suicide.

These are Salman’s extra-marital affair with the actress Shabanur; feud with wife Samira; attempted suicide multiple times due to excessive emotion; infinite love for the mother as a result of a complex relationship, a form of accumulated pride, and having no children, whih was a defect in Salman’s married life.

On December 6, 2016, a Dhaka court directed the Police Bureau of Investigation to conduct a further probe in the case after hearing a no-confidence petition filed by Salman’s mother Nilufar Chowdhury.

Salman’s father Kamaruddin Chowdhury filed an unnatural death case with the Ramna police station.

Later, Kamaruddin applied to turn it into a murder case.

After completion of the investigation on November 3, 1997, CID submitted a final report before the court stating that Salman had committed suicide.

Later, Salman’s father filed a revision case against the report.

Following the case on May 19, 2003, a Dhaka court was directed to conduct a judicial probe into the case.

On July 9, 2014, the court submitted the probe report where the magistrate said that he found no evidence of the actor being killed and that Salman Shah had committed suicide.

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