Rahima was not abducted, daughter staged ‘abduction drama’: PBI
Rahima Begum, who was found alive in Faridpur in September last year 29 days after disappearance, was not abducted but her daughter Mariam Mannan staged the ‘abducted drama’ in a bid to implicate their neighbour in a case over land dispute, said Police Bureau of investigation (PBI). Khulna Superintendent of Police Syed Mushfiqur Rahman revealed these information at a press briefing held at PBI office around 11:30 am on Monday (February 13, 2023). The PBI submitted the investigation report to the Metropolitan Judge in the morning. “We have not found any evidence of abduction rather evidences show that Mariam Mannan plotted the abduction drama in a bid to implicate their neighbor in a case over land dispute,” he said. Also read; Rahima’s statement on ‘disappearance’ misleading: PBI “As part of the plan, Rahima herself went into hiding and changed her locations frequently during this period. On October 27, last year, she went to Dhaka and after living there for some days, Mariam sent her to Bandarban with some clothes and medicines. Later, she went to the house of one Abdul Kuddus at Boalmari in Faridpur district where police traced her,” he added.
Court orders PBI to investigate case against journalist Rozina
A Dhaka court today asked the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to probe the case against Prothom Alo journalist Rozina Islam for attempting to “illegally collect sensitive government documents and taking photos of them.” Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Tofazzal Hossain passed the order after accepting the no-confidence petition filed by deputy secretary to the Health Services Division of the health ministry. The court also fixed February 28 for the next hearing. Rozina, who is now out on bail, was present before the court, said her lawyer Prashanto Karmakar. Also read: Hearing on DB report in journalist Rozina's case deferred to Jan 15 On October 11, last year, Detective Branch submitted the final report seeking exemption of Rozina from the charges. Rozina, known for her reports on the health sector, was held at the Secretariat for over five hours before being handed over to police on May 17, 2021. She allegedly clicked photos of documents related to government negotiation to buy Covid-19 vaccines, according to the case documents. An FIR was filed against Rozina under the Official Secrets Act and sections 379 and 411 of the Penal Code. On May 18, 2021, a Dhaka court sent Rozina to jail after rejecting the police’s demand for her five-day remand. Rozina was taken to Kashimpur Central Women's Jail on that day. On May 23, 2021, she walked out of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail after securing interim bail from a Dhaka court.
Ayat’s head recovered from Ctg canal, PBI says
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), this morning, recovered the severed head of five-year-old Ayat, who was abducted and murdered in Chattogram, from a canal in the port city. Illias Khan, PBI inspector in Chattogram, said that they recovered the head from a canal near a sluice gate in EPZ area on Akmal Ali Road, following information from the accused Abir. He said two teams of 25 PBI personnel have been searching for Ayat’s remains for the last three days at the spot where the remains were dumped. Read more: Remains of 5-year-old Ayat recovered from Chattogram canal “Ayat’s face has been disfigured and it is difficult to identify, but it should be her head,” he said. Earlier on Wednesday, Ayat’s remains were recovered from the canal on Akmal Ali Road in Chattogram city. On November 25, PBI arrested Abir Ali (20) for kidnapping and murdering Alina Islam Ayat, 10 days after the child went missing. Accused Abir, an ex-tenant of the victim’s family, kidnapped the child on November 15 for ransom when she was on her way to a mosque for Arabic lessons, at Bandartila area in Chattogram. Abir strangled the girl to death and later chopped her body into six pieces. He subsequently dumped the body parts, wrapped in two bags, on the beach in the city’s Kattali area. Read more: Ayat murder in Ctg: Accused’s parents put on 3-day remand Ayat’s father, Sohel Rana, lodged a general diary at the local police station after she went missing, police said. Abir was put on another seven-day remand on Monday on completion of his two-day remand. Abir’s parents Azharul Islam and Aleya Begum were placed on a three-day remand on Tuesday.
PBI yet to recover Ayat’s remains
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) couldn’t find the sliced body pieces of 6-year old Alina Islam Ayat from Chattogram who was murdered after kidnap. On Saturday PBI conducted search operation at Kattali sea beach area following the arrest of suspected killer Abir Ali , 19. “We thoroughly searched the places shown by the arrestee but all the pieces might have been washed away into the sea. However on Friday night Ayat’s dress and shoes were recovered from the spot as evidence of the murder,” said Ilias Khan Inspector of PBI, Chattogram Metropolitan. PBI on Saturday produced Abir before a Chattogram court and sought a 10-day remand to interrogate him, said inspector Ilias. read more: 1 arrested involving murder of 7-yr-old girl in Ctg Ayat’s father Sohel Rana broke down into tears on Friday night after seeing his beloved child’s recovered clothes. On November 15, Abir Ali, an ex-tenant of the victim’s family, abducted the girl for ransom on her way to a mosque where she used to learn Arabic at Bandartila area in Chattogram. The victim’s father, Sohel Rana, lodged a general diary at the local police station after she went missing, police said. On Thursday night, PBI members arrested Abir from Aklam Ali road area in the city out of suspicion after identifying him from CCTV footages. Abir later confessed to strangling the girl to death as she was screaming and then chopping her into six pieces after taking to a residence at Akmal Ali Road in the city. He subsequently dumped the body pieces in two bags on a beach in the city’s Kattali area, the PBI said. Read more: Drug peddler snatched from police custody in Ctg; woman shot dead “During questioning Abir said that he likes watching Indian TV serials 'Crime Patrol' and 'CID' and by watching those he learned everything about ransom collection, hiding body, and destruction of evidences ,” said Special Superintendent of PBI Chattogram Metro Naima Sultana. Officer-in-Charge of EPZ police station Abdul Karim said a case has been filed following a complaint received from Ayat’s father but PBI will investigate it.
Sahinuddin murder: Court asks PBI to submit probe report on Dec 20
A Dhaka court Tuesday asked Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to submit its report on December 20 on re-investigation in a case over businessman Sahinuddin murder in the capital’s Pallabi area. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Tariqul Islam passed the order as PBI failed to submit the report today. On May 12, the court directed PBI to re-investigate the case and submit a report after accepting Sahinuddin's mother's no-confidence petition. Read: HC grants bail to ex-LGRD minister’s APS in money laundering case On February 15, Detective Branch (DB) Inspector Syed Iftekhar Hossain, investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against 15 people including MA Awal, a former MP of Laxmipur-1 constituency, in the case. The other accused in the charge sheet are- Sumon Bepari, Md Taher, Md Golam Kibria Khan, Md Murad, Titu, Md Roki Talukder, Nur Mohammad Hasan, Md Sharif, Iqbal Hossain, Md Tarikul Islam Emon, Tuhin Miah, Md Harunur Rashid, Md Shafikul Islam Shafik and Ibrahim Sumon. Among them, Shafik and Ibrahim Sumon are on the run while all 13 accused, including Awal, are behind the bars now. Read: Actress Pori Moni's petition for cancelling narcotics case dismissed On May 16 last year, one Sahinuddin was hacked to death in Pallabi over a land dispute in front of his six-year-old son Mashrafe. On the following day, Aklima Begum, the mother of Sahinuddin, filed a murder case against 20 people including Awal at the Pallabi police station. The case was later handed over to the DB. On May 20 of the same year, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Awal from Bhairab. After that Awal failed to secure bail in the lower court and he applied for it at the High Court which was also rejected.
Ex-SP Babul placed on one-day remand
A Dhaka Court has put former Superintendent of Police (SP) Babul Akter on a one-day remand in a case filed by Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Chief Banaj Kumar Majumder under the Digital Security Act (DSA). Judge Arafatul Rakib of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court passed the order after hearing on Thursday. When Police sought a seven-day remand Shishir Monir, lawyer of the accused, opposed the remand prayer and requested for bail. Read more: Dhaka court asks jail authorities to produce ex-SP Babul on Nov 10 Dhaka court asks jail authorities to produce ex-SP Babul on Nov 10 After hearing both sides, the court rejected the bail plea and put him on remand. Earlier in the morning, Babul was brought to the court from the central jail in Keraniganj. Later, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Ashek Imam accepted police’s request to show Babul arrested in the DSA case. Md Rabiul Islam, Inspector (Operation) of Dhanmondi Police Station and the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, filed a petition to take Babul on a seven-day remand on Wednesday, citing three reasons including proper investigation of the case. On September 27, Jahangir Alam, Superintendent of Police (SP) of PBI (Dhaka Metro North), lodged a complaint against four people under the DSA with Dhanmondi Police Station on behalf of Banaj, which was later turned into a case. The other three accused in the case are Md Habibur Rahman Labu, brother of Babul, Md Abdul Wadud Mia, father of Babul and journalist Ilias Hossain. Ilias had published a video on his Youtube channel regarding the Mitu murder case some days ago, in which he had alleged that Banaj had intentionally implicated Babul in the case and the latter was tortured in custody.
Families of arrestees claim Rahima’s daughter Moriom behind mysterious disappearance
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has said that the disappearance of Rahima Begum, who was found alive in Faridpur, was not an incident of “abduction”. “We did not find any evidence of abduction from her house in Khulna’s Daulatpur,” SP Syed Mushfiqur Rahman of PBI Khulna said today. “We are still investigating the case and action will be taken if Rahima Begum had made false accusations about her disappearance,” the PBI official said. Read: I was abducted over land dispute: Rahima Begum Meanwhile, family members of those arrested in the case have claimed that Rahima Begum’s daughter Moriom Mannan is the “mastermind” behind the mysterious disappearance. They said that if Moriom and others involved in the incident are questioned, truth will be revealed. On September 25, 2022, Rahima Begum, who remained “missing” for 29 days, was handed over to her family after her statement was recorded in the court. Read: Rahima Begum handed over to family after recording statement Later, she was taken to her younger daughter Aduri Akter’s house in Khulna’s Boyra area, said plaintiff’s lawyer Afruzzaman Tutul. In her statement, Rahima provided detailed information on being “abducted over land dispute”. She said she was abducted and taken to Chattogram. From there, she went to Faridpur on her own. Read I was abducted over land dispute: Rahima Begum The night before, police rescued Rahima from Boalmari upazila of Faridpur. “I was abducted by some unidentified men from in front of my house,” Rahima claimed when she met her family members at the PBI office in Khulna. “Golam Kibria and Md Mohiuddin, two people with whom Rahima was at loggerheads over land, had forcefully collected her signature on a blank paper and left her at a remote place with only Tk 1000,” Mushfiqur quoted Rahima at the time. Read No one takes clothes or medicine with them, if they are abducted: PBI SP
PBI Chief Banaj sues Babu Akhter for making investigation questionable
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar on Tuesday filed a case accusing four people including former Superintendent of Police (SP) Babul Akhter on charge for making an ongoing investigation questionable, spreading false information and throwing abusive words. Banaj Kumar, also an additional inspector general of police, lodged the case at Dhanmondi police station. The accused in the case are US expatriate and Youtuber Elias Hossain, Babul’s father Md Abdul Wadud Mia, brother Md Habibur Rahman Labu, and Babul Akter. Of them, Elias was made the prime accused in the case. In the case the plaintiff alleged that all the accused intentionally spread false information to make objectionable the ongoing investigation of Mahmuda Khatun Mitu murder case through social platforms including Youtube. Besides, Elias from the US spread misleading information to spoil communal harmony of the country and tarnish the image of PBI, the statement said. Mentionable, 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 filed a murder case at Panchlaish Police Station against three unidentified men. The case was transferred to the Police Bureau Investigation (PBI) in 2019 after Mitu's father, himself a retired police officer, filed a complaint against the CMP's mishandling of the case. On May 12, 2021, the PBI submitted its final report and arrested Babul Akhter in another case filed by Mitu’s father and since then he has been in prison. Read: Court rejects Babul Akther’s petition to sue PBI chief, five other cops Babul Akhter filed a no-confidence motion against the PBI report on October 14, 2021. On November 3 last year, a Chattogram Court rejected the final report of PBI in the murder case and ordered it to conduct further investigation. PBI in an investigation found Babul’s involvement in his wife's murder. On September 25 this year, a Chattogram court rejected a plea filed by Babul seeking its permission to file a case against six officials of Police Bureau of Investigations (PBI) including its chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar for torturing him in police custody. The court also rejected two separate petitions for recording statement under Section 200 bringing Babul Akhter to the court and seeking security in Feni prison cell.
Missing Khulna woman found dead in Mymensingh, family suspects
Rahima Begum, 52, of Khulna, who has been missing since August 27, has been found dead in Mymensingh, family members suspect. “I suspect my mother's body has been found,” this is what Moriom Mannan, Rahima’s daughter, wrote in a Facebook post today. Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), Khulna's Daulatpur police station and Mymensingh police couldn’t confirm the matter. Read: PBI to take over case of missing Khulna woman PBI is investigating the case filed over the woman's disappearance. Khulna Superintendent of Police, Syed Mushfiqur Rahman, said the investigating officer of the case spoke to Moriom. Moriom told them that her mother's body was recovered from Phulpur area of Mymensingh. Mymensingh Police said the body of a woman was recovered from Phulpur on September 10 and was buried, said the officer. Read: Khulna woman remains missing for 18 days, 6 held Police couldn’t identify the body recovered in Mymensingh, he said. Moriom Mannan told the investigating officer she identified her mother's body by scrutinizing a photograph of the clothes the corpse was wearing. Phulpur police station has collected the DNA samples of the recovered body. The investigating officer asked Moriom to go to Phulpur police station on Saturday. There her DNA sample will be collected and matched with the DNA of the recovered body. Read Mitu murder: PBI submits chargesheet against ex-SP Babul, 6 others “If the DNA matches it can be confirmed,” SP Mushfiqur. On August 27, Rahima Begum went missing after she had stepped out to fetch water, near her home in Banikpara area of Doulatpur upazila in Khulna around 10pm. Her children found her sandals, scarf and the pitcher she was carrying from the spot. The family first filed a complaint with the police, based on which an FIR was lodged by the cops against some people. Read Fugitive PBI inspector suspended over Khulna college girl's rape On September 13, after Rahima remained missing for 17 days and police failed to find her, her younger daughter Aduri Akter appealed to the Khulna court to transfer the case to PBI, said Rahima’s elder daughter Moriom Mannan. The same day the court ordered the police to hand over the case to PBI, but the cops are yet to comply with the order, she told UNB. When asked, Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Doulatpur police station, said, “We have received the order and the case document will be handed over when PBI asks for it.” Read Munia Murder Case: PBI probe report submission deferred again to Dec 8 So far, six people have been arrested in this case. They are Rahima’s second husband Belal Howladar, Mohiuddin, Palash, Jewel, Helal Sharif, and assistant engineer at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) Golam Kibria. As the case was investigated by PBI, a remand appeal made by the police to interrogate Rahima’s husband Belal remains pending for hearing, said the OC. Rahima’s daughter Moriom, in a Facebook post, said that they have been putting up 'missing' posters in Khulna city in the hope they will get their mother back. Read PBI nabs fugitive accused in 7 cases
Mitu murder: PBI submits chargesheet against ex-SP Babul, 6 others
The Police Bureau of investigation (PBI) on Tuesday pressed charges against former Chattogram Superintendent of Police (SP) Babul Akter and six others in a case filed over the killing of his wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu. Abu Zafar Md Omar Faruk, inspector of PBI and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the chargesheet to the prosecution unit of the Chattogram court. 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. Read: Babul hired killers at Tk 3 lakh to kill Mitu: PBI Soon after the crime, Babul filed a murder case at Panchlaish Police Station against three unidentified men. The case was transferred to the Police Bureau Investigation (PBI) in 2019 after Mitu's father, himself a retired police officer, filed a complaint against the CMP's mishandling of the case. Read: Mitu murder case: Record statements of Babul's children, says HC On May 12, 2021, the PBI submitted its final report and arrested Babul Akter in another case filed by Mitu’s father and since then he has been in prison. Babul Akhter also filed a ‘naraji petition’ against the PBI report on October 14, 2021. On November 3 last year, a Chattogram Court rejected the final report of PBI in the murder case and ordered it to conduct further investigation.