It was the body of my son

Claims mother of missing NSU student Sadman

Staff Correspondent

23 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Mother of missing North South University (NSU) student Sadman Sakib Rafi has claimed that the youth, who was found dead in Hatirjheel Lake in the capital on the night of January 14, was her son.   

Monowara Hossain Monika, mother of Rafi, made the claim after she visited the Hatirjheel Police Station on Monday afternoon.

She told the Daily Sun that the clothes kept in the police station were similar to those her son wears during leaving the home on the day of his missing. 

“I think it was the body of my son,” she said in tears.

Rafi, son of Belayet Hossain who is a businessman, went missing after he with his laptop left his residence in the capital’s Vatara on the morning of January 13.

Law enforcement agencies, including Police Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation Department, Anti Terrorism Unit of police, Counter Terrorism Unit, Rapid Action Battalion and intelligence agencies got fielded to trace his whereabouts.  One day after he left his residence, Hatirjheel police recovered the body of an unidentified youth floating on a pond on the east side of Begunbari Bridge in Hatirjheel Lake.

The deceased was estimated to be 22 years old. There were no sign of injuries on his body. Police said he was wearing trousers. The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s (DMCH) morgue for autopsy.

After the body recovery, Sub-Inspector of Hatirjheel Police Station Shahjahan Ali was assigned to look into the matter.

When contacted, Shahjahan told the Daily Sun that they kept cloths of the body. After autopsy, the DMCH handed over the body to Anjuman Mufidul Islam for the completion of the last ritual.

The officer said, “The clothes were shown to Monwara Hossain Monika. Seeing the cloths, she claimed that the clothes were of her son. We called other members of her family to be much more confirmed if the clothes were of Rafi.”

After cent percent confirmation, we will take next legal course of action, he said.

Born in Saudi Arabia, Rafi grew up there. In 2017, he was admitted to Malaysia Asia Pacific University. Later, he came to Bangladesh and got admitted to the NSU in 2019.