Thursday, February 3, 2011
A journalist and his wife were found slaughtered at their Naya Paltan residence in the city on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Ishak Forhad Khan, 65, an assistant editor of the daily Janata, and his wife Rahima Khatun, 55.
Forhad was also the founding president of Bangladesh Writers’ Association and the assistant editor of the Bharot Bichitra. His wife was involved with Jatiya Party.
Abdus Samad Khan, younger brother of Forhad, said he went to his brother’s house at 77 Naya Paltan around 2:00pm after failing to reach him over telephone and found the door locked from outside. He then informed police about the matter.
Samad had last talked to his brother around 10:00pm on Thursday night. He said he has no idea about who may have killed his brother who had no enemy.
Police rushed to the spot around 5:30pm and entered the rented two-room flat breaking open its door.
The law enforcers found Forhad lying on the floor and Rahima on the bed with their throats slit.
They found the flat ransacked as the criminals looted valuables breaking open a cupboard.
Police sent the bodies to Dhaka Medical College morgue for autopsy.
Samad said Forhad and his wife had been residing in the flat on the first floor of the three-storey building alone since the death of their only son and a daughter a few years ago. Their only living daughter Irin Khan lives in Italy with her husband and the slain couple visited her two months ago.
High officials of the Criminal Investigation Department, Rapid Action Battalion and Detective Branch of police visited the crime scene.
Assistant Commissioner Abdul Momin of Motijheel division said they primarily suspect that the criminals might have killed the couple for looting.
Officer-in-Charge of Paltan Police Station Shahidil Huq said, “Nothing can be said about the motive behind the killings without investigation.”
Several teams of police, Rab and other intelligence agencies started raiding different parts of the city and its outskirts to catch the criminals, he added.
Requesting anonymity, a high official of police said they suspect that Forhad’s relatives might have links to the murder. Forhad has seven brothers and two sisters, he added.
“We will investigate the incident keeping all aspects in mind,” he said.
A case was lodged with Paltan police station in this regard.