Rezaul Karim has given a confessional statement saying that he killed his wife, doctor Jannatul Nayeem Sritika at a hotel in Dhaka’s Panthapath, police said.
Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rashidul Alam recorded the confessional statement after Investigation Officer Abu Zafar Mohammad Mahfuzul Kabir, also an inspector at Kalabagan Police Station, brought him to the magistrate's chamber on Saturday.
The court later sent Rezaul to jail after recording the statement.
On August 10, Sritika's body was recovered from the fifth-floor room of Family Service Apartment in the Panthapath area of the capital.
Sritika was undertaking gynaecology training from Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) after completing her MBBS from Moghbazar Community Medical College.
Next day, a case was filed at Kalabagan police station accusing Reza, following a complaint from the victim's father.
Reza was arrested on Thursday night by members of Rab-2 and 7 from the Muradpur area of Chattogram city.
According to Reza’s confession, Reza and Sritika grew close to each other after meeting on social media in 2019 and got married secretly in 2020. As their families were not informed about the marriage, they used to meet at different hotels in the city.
"Sritika and Reza often used to fight over the latter's extra-marital affairs as counselling and discussions on the matter failed to resolve the issue. As the marital feud grew, Reza planned to murder his wife to get rid of her," said the Rab officer.
On August 10, Reza took her to the hotel to celebrate her birthday, got into a planned fight and then stabbed Sritika with a knife and later slit her throat, according to Rab.
Following the crime, the accused left the hotel room locking the door from outside and fled to Chattogram by bus, said Rab.