The husband and father-in-law of deceased Dhaka University student Sumaiya Khatun were on the run as police were yet to trace them in a murder case filed over her death in Natore.
Police said that they interrogated Sumaiya’s mother-in-law Syeda Maleka and sister-in-law Juthi Khatun over the death and they could not explain things properly except claiming that it was a suicide incident.
Natore police additional superintendent Abul Hasnat said that they found the body at Natore Sadar Hospital morgue where none of her in-laws were present.
Police then visited the in-laws house and found that Sumaiya’s husband Mostaque Hossain and father-in-law Zakir Hossain fled immediately after the death.
Sumaiya’s body was found inside the next room to her bedroom and the in-law sent the body to hospital on a van without anyone attending it towards hospital, said the police officer.
Sumaiya, a Master’s student of Islamic Studies department in Dhaka University, was allegedly killed on Sunday night by her in-laws and her mother Nuzhat Sultana filed a case complaining that Sumaiya’s in-laws had been torturing her daughter both physically and mentally as she was trying to complete her studies and get a job.
Natore Sadar Hospital residential medical officer Aminul Islam, who conducted post-mortem of the body, said that there were some old injury marks in Sumaiya’s body and marks of rope around her throat. Reasons behind deaths cannot be confirmed until receiving the post-mortem report is available.
Meanwhile, Samajtantrik Mahila Forum has protested at the death of Sumaiya. The forum’s central president Rowshan Ara and general secretary Shampa Bosu in a statement on Wednesday said that such incidents are taking place increasingly as accused are not brought to justice.
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