8 accused in death of mother, 2 kids

Eight people have been accused in a case concerning the death of a mother and her two children whose bodies were recovered Friday morning from their house at Jurain in the capital.

The dead are Farzana Kabir Rita, 35, her son Ishrat Kabir Pabon, 12, and daughter Raisa Rashmi Payel, 10.

The accused in the case filed with Kadamtoli Police Station include Rita’s husband Rashedul Kabir, his father journalist Shafiqul Kabir, mother Noor Banu, brother-in-law Delwar Hossain, sisters Kabita and Sukhan, second wife Smriti and driver Al Amin.

Rita’s mother Mazeda Begum filed the case under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act on Friday night.

Police suspected that they committed suicide by taking sedatives.

Asked about this, the officer-in charge of the police station said Mazeda complained that the accused used to unleash mental torture on Rita and her two children which compelled them to commit suicide.

None of the accused was arrested till yesterday evening.

Contacted over phone, Shafiqul Kabir said the allegations brought against him and his family members in the case are baseless.

He said Rita often suffered from mental depression, and it increased after his son married for the second time.

Against this backdrop, Shafiqul said, a local arbitration was arranged on May 6 where Rita agreed to leave her husband’s house.

Rita’s brother-in-law Kazi Mohammad Arif told this correspondent yesterday that Rita’s father-in-law and other members of his family started boycotting her after she informed them that Rashedul got married to his cousin Smriti.

During a visit to the residence where the three were found dead, it was found that Pabon and Payel wrote on the walls of three rooms that they had decided to commit suicide due to inhuman behaviour of their father, grandfather Shafiqul Kabir, grandmother and aunt Sukhan.

Besides, in a letter that police seized later, Rita blamed her husband Rashedul and Smriti for their death.

Meanwhile, Rita’s family members yesterday took the bodies to her father’s village home at Sirajdikhan in Munshiganj.

daily star

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