Gruesome murder in city

January 30, 2009

Staff Correspondent
Police yesterday recovered 14 pieces of the body of a man brutally murdered by unknown criminals in the city.
The bare pieces of the body were recovered from a two square kilometre area of Lalbagh. However, the head and a hand, severed from the wrist, are still missing.
The victim has been identified as Md Asgar Ali, 32, owner of a payphone shop on RNG Road in Lalbagh who has been missing since Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, locals including Asgar’s relatives laid siege to the Lalbagh Police Station in the evening for about an hour demanding arrest and punishment of Asgar’s killers. Police later dispersed the agitating crowd on assurance that police was taking proper action on the matter.
Detective Police picked up two people, Zahirul Islam Zahir and Saiful, for questioning in this connection.
Police said they recovered three pieces of the body from two places in Azimpur Colony around 10:00am, three pieces from Shahidnagar around 2:30pm and eight pieces from Swarighat around 4:30pm.
Officer-in-Charge of Lalbagh Police Station Nabojyoti Khisha said residents of Azimpur Colony called in the police after they found three pieces of a human body wrapped in polythene sheets in a narrow lane between two buildings at the colony.
Another three pieces of the body were recovered from Shahidnagar and six other pieces from Swarighat area. All pieces, recovered from waste dumps, were found wrapped in polythene.
Asgar’s elder brother Najimuddin Badsha told reporters that Zahir called Asgar out of his shop on Wednesday around 9:00pm. He did not return after that and has been missing since.
Badsha said Asgar had a quarrel with Zahir Wednesday morning. Zahir had asked Asgar to join him in a business involving cable television. The quarrel ensued when Asgar declined to join in this venture, Badsha said.
Badsha yesterday afternoon went to the police station to file a general diary in connection with his missing brother. Hearing about the recovery of a few pieces of a body he had a look at the pieces and identified them to be his brother’s. He later went to Sir Salimullah Medical College Morgue to see the other pieces and be sure that his brother was dead.
Police recorded a murder case early today as they were sceptical about the identity of the victim since no clothing, the head or other identifiable belongings were found.
Asgar’s another brother Ali Akbar had filed the case accusing four people and eight to nine unknown people.
Asgar’s wife Eva, who is pregnant, fell sick on hearing the news of her husband’s murder and was admitted to a local clinic. Asgar and Eva have a five-year-old boy.
Five years ago, businessman Shamsul Haque and his son Russel’s body were found dismembered in a similar way. Allegedly, a local BNP leader and criminal Kajol of Patuatuli in Old Dhaka murdered them.
At the time, 250 pieces of the victims’ bodies were recovered from different places in Dhaka and Gazipur.


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