A woman leader of the ruling Awami League (AL) was hacked to death allegedly by her husband in the capital’s Mirpur area on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Umama Begum Kanak, 40, a member of AL’s sub-committee on relief and social welfare affairs. Police arrested the husband, Omar Faruk, said Abu Sayed Al Mamun, inspector (investigation) of Pallabi Police Station.Faruk, who had been in Japan for a long time, hacked his wife with a boti (a kind of sharp weapon) at their own flat in Mirpur DOHS at about 11:45 pm on Friday, he said, adding that Faruk confessed to killing his wife.
After the attack, she was whisked off to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors pronounced her dead at about 5:30 am on Saturday, the officer said.
The body was kept at the DMCH morgue for autopsy, said Inspector Bachchu Mia, who is in charge of the DMCH Police Outpost. Ruma Akhter, younger sister of the victim, said that Faruk were often locked in quarrel with her sister over family matters.
Officer-in-charge of Pallabi Police Station Kazi Wazeed Ali said, “We learned that Faruk was in Japan. He returned to the country five years ago. He did business, but incurred a loss recently. The couple engaged in an argument on Friday night.” At one stage, Faruk stabbed her with the sharp weapon, said the OC.
The couple has a son and a daughter.