A Chattogram court on Wednesday placed former superintendent of police Babul Akter on a five-day remand in a case filed over the killing of his wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu in 2016.
Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Sarwar Zahan passed the order when police produced him before the court soon after a case was filed against him, said Babul’s counsel Anisul Islam.
Earlier, in the day, a case was filed against eight people including Babul Akter as PBI found Babul’s involvement in the murder.
Mitu’s father Mosharraf Hossain filed the case with Panchlaish Police Station on Wednesday noon, said officer-in-charge of the police station Abul Kashem Bhuiyan.
In the case statement, Mosharraf claimed that Babul killed his wife over extra marital relationship.
The other accused in the case are—Musa, Kalu, Ehteshamul Bhola, Munir, Saidul Islam Shikdar alias Sakku, Shahjahan, Anwar and Wasim.
Musa, who directly took part in the killing as per the directive of Babul , remained absconding.
PBI also found that Babul made phone call and send messages to Musa after the murder of Mitu.
However, PBI submitted the report of the case filed by Babul Akhter before the court.
Already Babul’s two friends Gazi Al Mamun and Saiful Islam made confessional statement before the court under section 164, said PBI source.
Earlier, PBI detained Babul Akter following an investigation that made it clear that he had involvement in his wife's murder.
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Santosh Kumar Chakma, the investigating officer of the case, said Babul himself came to the PBI office in Mansurabad on Tuesday afternoon to check the progress of the murder case.
On June 5, 2016, unidentified assailants gunned down Babul's wife Mitu at the port city's GEC intersection while she was going to drop her son Mahir Akhter, 7, for a bus of Chittagong Cantonment Public School and College.
Soon after the crime, Babul had filed a murder case with Panchlaish Police Station against three unidentified men.
Later, police arrested four people, including Abu Nasur Gunu, Shah Zaman alias Robin, Md Anwar and Md Motaleb Mia alias Wasim, from different places in connection with the murder.
Of them, Anwar and Wasim made confessional statements before a magistrate, implicating seven people, including Musa who directly took part in the killing, Mohammad Rashed and Nabi.
During the course of the probe, police had also arrested "arms supplier" Ehteshamul Haque Bhola and his assistant Md Monir and seized a pistol from their possession.
Police had also arrested Musa's elder brother Saidul Shikder Shakur and Shahjahan for providing the motorbike that was used in the murder. But on July 4, 2016, Nabi and Rashed were killed in a gunfight with police in Rangunia.
The case was transferred to the PBI in 2019, after Mitu's father, himself a retired police officer, filed a complaint against the CMP's mishandling of the case.
Mitu's father had, in fact, accused Babul of being directly involved in the murder case. "He (Babul) should be implicated in the murder case... if he's not, we'll go to the court,” he said.