Police on Wednesday morning recovered bodies of a couple and their two children from residential flat at South Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital.
On information, police recovered the bodies from the flat on the first floor of a five-storied building of a Saudi expatriate at Kadampur at about 11:00am, officer-in-charge (OC) Jamal Uddin Meer of South Keraniganj Police Station told journalists.
The identities of the husband and wife, aged about 35 and 28 respectively, their seven year old son and two year old daughter could not be known immediately. But they hailed from Munshiganj, he said.
“All of them might have been strangulated to death in a planned way as their mouths, hands and legs were tied. But, the cause behind the killings could not be known immediately,” the OC said.
The bodies were sent to the morgue of Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
Miscreants might have strangulated all the four victims to death 3/4 days ago and kept the door of the house locked from outside, the OC said.
Police detained caretaker of the house Sohel, 30, for interrogation.
Investigation into the matter has already started, he said, adding that
they held Sohel, caretaker of the house for interrogation.
One Rafiq of Bikrampur rented the flat through Akkas two months back and since then three men, two women and two children have been living there, police said quoting Sohel.
During primary interrogation, Sohel said one Rafique along with another person rented the first-floor flat two months back.
Later, Rafique brought the couple along with their two children to the house identifying them as his uncle and aunt. All the six people used to live at the rented house since then, said Sohel.
On Wednesday morning, when Sohel went to the house to collect the house rent, he found that bad odour was coming out of the locked house.
Later, he along with neighbours stormed the house only to see the four lying dead.
Since the recovery of the bodies, Rafique and his associate remained fugitive.
A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) took some evidence from the spot.
Prima facie, it seemed that it was a planned killing and close relatives of the victims might have been involved in the incident, said CID inspector Shah Alam.
Hasina Begum, a resident of the building, said the flat used to remain under lock and key maximum time. The house inmates did not show any interest to contact the neighbours.
Kazi Maksuda Lima, acting assistant superintendent of police (South Keraniganj circle), said the law enforcement agency has started investigation into the killings and the motive behind the killing will be known soon.
Filing of a case is underway in this regard.