Motive for Lalbagh killing still unclear

January 31, 2009

Versions differ as alleged killer’s house attacked
Staff Correspondent
Detained Sheikh Zahurul Islam Zahir confessed to his involvement in the gruesome murder of Asgar Ali of Lalbagh during police interrogation yesterday.
Quoting Zahir, detective police said the accused called Asgar to Zahir’s residence at DND road around 9:00 Wednesday night and strangled him with a scarf.
Zahir in connivance with two of his associates then cut the body into pieces with a kitchen-knife in absence of Zahir’s wife, the DB police said.
However, the motive behind the killing is not clear yet as the versions of police, locals and family members do not tally.
Meanwhile, police yesterday recovered the severed head of Asgar from Kamrangir char area in river Buriganga with the help of the divers of fire brigades. A total of 15 pieces of Asgar’s body were recovered from five places stretching from Lalbagh to Kamrangir char in the city.
Locals and relatives of Asgar demonstrated against the brutal murder and attacked the house of Zahir yesterday for four consecutive times since Thursday afternoon.
Speaking at press conference at DB office in the evening, detective police told the newsmen that Zahir and two others killed Asgar due to a feud related to women affairs. Police also produced Zahir before newsmen.
“Asgar usually visit the house of Zahir and had a good relation with him. He had an illegal relation with Zahir’s wife Poly,” Deputy Commissioner of DB Md Awlad Hossain said quoting Zahir.
He added that Asgar was killed in a pre-planned way.
Confessing his involvement in the killing, Zahir told The Daily Star that he killed Asgar due to a feud involving cable TV business. He, however, denied the DC’s claim that Asgar had an illegal relation with his wife.
He said he along with Mohsin and Rubel cut the body of Asgar into 15 pieces at his bathroom from 1:00am to 5:00am on Thursday. They later started dropping the pieces at different places from 7:00 Thursday morning.
Mohsin and Rubel also had disputes with Asgar over micro-credit business, Zahir said.
Locals said Zahir who faces several cases, including three murder cases remained fugitive for seven years. He came to the area four months ago and started criminal activities again.
Asgar’s wife Nurunnahar Eva told The Daily Star that Zahir had been threatening Asgar for the past one week over cable business. “Zahir asked Asgar to invest Tk 5 lakh in cable TV business and to be a partner of him,” said Eva.
Eva said Zahir called Asgar several times over mobile phone to meet with him on Wednesday. Family members of Asgar demanded exemplary punishment to Zahir for such gruesome murder.
Poly along with two children went to her father’s residence in Mirpur area Wednesday afternoon, Zahir’s mother Maleka Begum told The Daily Star.
Police are also searching for Poly to interrogate her about the relation with Asgar.
Locals attacked the house of Zahir for four times since Thursday afternoon, said Maleka. Police forces were deployed there to avoid any untoward incident.


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