Friday, 27 January, 2023

BCL leader Rakib a victim of ‘love triangle’

Daily Sun report helped PBI prepare charge sheet in the murder case

BCL leader Rakib a victim of ‘love triangle’

Banani Thana Unit leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rakib Hossain had a ‘love affair’ with Tahmina Akhter Mim. After a few years, their relationship turned sour. Rakib requested his friend Shafiqul Islam Sajib alias Bocha Sajib to bridge their (Rakib-Mim) relationship.

Sajib added insult to injury, as he developed affairs with Mim and finally married her. Their conjugal life ended after several months while Mim restored her bond with Rakib, which irritated Sajib enough to kill Rakib in Karail Slum area in 2018.

Police Bureau of Investigation’s (PBI) Dhaka Metro South unit has dug out this during investigation into the case filed over the sensational murder.

The PBI has found involvement of 10 people in the incident and a charge sheet (CS) has been prepared to be submitted against them before a Dhaka Court shortly.

Other accused in the CS are Mohammad Jasim, Sumon, Ataur Rahman Billal, Nayan, Joy Chandra Das, Tajul Islam, Rasel Hossain Shuvo, Imran and Riaz Hossain.

The PBI ended the investigation a long time ago but could not prepare the charge sheet, as Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) did not provide a medical certificate on the injury of Nur Islam, who was hacked by the killers during the murder, for 45 months.  On September 1 this year, the Daily Sun published a report headlined “45 months into BCL leader Rakib murder: DMCH yet to provide medical report.”

After the news, the DMCH provided the report on September 10, which helped the PBI prepare the charge sheet, said Inspector AZM Moniruzzaman, also investigation officer (IO) of the case.

Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of police at PBI Dhaka Metro South unit, told the Daily Sun that Sub-Inspector of Banani Police Station Abu Taher first investigated the case. Later, the investigation into the case was shifted to PBI on June 19, 2019.

During the investigation, they arrested five accused who gave confessional statements before the court. At about 12:15am on December 7, 2018, Rakib, who was former president of Banani BCL’s Ward No. 19 and a student of Government Titumir College, and his friend Nur Islam were hacked near Ansar Camp, leaving them injured.

Rakib succumbed to his injuries on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) while Nur came around after receiving treatment there.

Rakib’s father Altaf Hossain filed the murder case against Sajib, Jasim and 7-8 other unknown people with Banani Police Station on that day.

According to the PBI investigation, Rakib and Mim developed a relationship in 2010. In 2014, their relationship got cracked. In 2015, Sajib and Mim married.

Sajib and other accused plotted to kill Rakib a few days before the incident.

As per the plot, around 11:00pm on December 6, 2018, Taijul, Imran, Joy, Jasim and Sumon went to Sajib’s house at Karail Slum. Later, Sajib, Jasim and Sumon stabbed the victims while others helped in different ways.

Of the accused, Jasim is also wanted in another case filed over the murder of Al Amin at Karail Slum on August 17 this year.