Chittagong, June 5: Chittagong police have obtained the close circuit camera footages (CCTV) from the adjacent areas on the killing of Mahmuda Khanam Mitu.
Three assailants, riding motorcycles, have taken only 50 seconds to kill Mahmuda Khanam Mitu, 32, wife of a Chittagong city police official which was caught on CCTV footages.
Paritosh Ghosh, additional commissioner of CMP (south) said three men were seen waiting on a motorbike opposite to the residence of victim’s husband Babul Akhter, detective branch’s additional deputy commissioner in the city.
When Mitu came out of the house with her son, they followed her for a while. As soon as they reached about 300 yards from the house, one of the stalkers pushed Mitu to the ground.
A separate footage showed the three fleeing the spot. The man sitting in the rear of the motorcycle had a gun on his hand.
The driver of the motorcycle wore a punjabi or a fatua. The man in the middle had his face hidden behind the driver, while the third, at the rear, was a slim-figured man holding the gun.
The victim’s husband, now posted at the police headquarters, led several raids on militant hideouts and investigated several terror-related cases as the additional deputy commissioner with the Detective Branch in Chittagong.
He fearlessly conducted operations against banned militant outfit Jama`atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
The JMB leader died a few days later in a grenade explosion when police made him accompany them in a raid on JMB hideout he had disclosed to them.
Home Minister said he thinks that the killing was aimed to send a message to police officers. “But other aspects will be also looked in to.”
Replying a query, he said that they will now consider security for families of police officers.
“Militants have adopted this strategy (to take on soft targets like families of police officers) because they have been cornered,” said the minister.
Police said that Mahmuda was on her way to drop off her first-grader son to a bus stop for school, like she did every day.
Three attackers, who came on a motorcycle, ambushed Mahmuda in front of her 6-year-old son. She was first stabbed, just 300 yards from her house near the populous GEC intersection in the port city, and later shot several times to confirm death.