Dhaka, Mar 3: Mahfuza Malek Jesmin, mother of two siblings who are killed in the city’s Banashree, on Thursday admitted that she killed her daughter and son,
“Mahfuza Malek Jesmin has given confessional statement during interrogation that she herself had strangled to death her daughter and son from the mental exhaustion,” Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) legal and media wing chief Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters at a media briefing.
Nusrat Aman Oroni, 14, and her brother Alvi Aman, 6, were declared dead on Monday by doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after they had been taken there in an unconscious state.
Earlier on Tuesday, Dhaka Medical College and Hospital morgue sources said, “The autopsy of the dead bodies has been completed. It was found that they had been strangulated to death.”
“There were bruises on different parts of their bodies,” said Assistant Prof Sohel Mahmud of forensic medicine department of Dhaka Medical College (DMCH).
“Scratch marks, bruises and finger marks were found in the throats of both the kids.
The development led RAB to join the investigation, which picked up the parents and an aunt from Jamalpur on Wednesday and brought them to Dhaka for questioning.
“Mahfuza made the confession during interrogation,” Mufti Mahmud Khan said.
An SMS sent to journalists by RAB in the morning, however, read, “Mental anxiety, family/social disorder, psychological illness, extra marital affair, grabbing of wealth and property etc are the main causes of killing child.”
Later on Thursday, RAB official Khan appeared before journalists and claimed it was the mother who killed the siblings.
He said Mahfuza even described during the interrogation how she had killed her daughter and son. “She was worried over her children’s education and future and at one stage she strangled them to death.”
Khan said during questioning, they found the mother was ‘mentally sound’.
He, however, said they were yet to find any involvement of the father in the killings.
The RAB media wing chief gave a detailed account of the murders at the briefing.
“On Feb 29, the mother and son were sleeping while Oroni was in the other room with her private tutor. After the tutor left Mahfuza (the mother) asked her daughter to get some rest with her.
“Mahfuza strangled her daughter with her scarf. During the scuffle, Oroni fell off from the bed. After making sure that her daughter is dead, she then killed her son in similar way.”
Khan said in an effort to cover it up, she then called her husband and said the children were sick. “Amanullah (the father) then sent two of his friends to the home. The children were taken to the hospital where doctors declared them dead.”
But in the media call, RAB, could not come up with a credible explanation as to why a mentally sound mother would kill her children out of frustration over their education.
“We have told you about whatever we have come to know until now. We even could not believe it in the beginning, but that’s what was revealed during interrogation,” Khan told journalists.
Their family primarily alleged that eating food from a certain restaurant had caused the deaths to Ishrat Zahan Oroni, 14, and her brother Alvi Aman, 6.
Oroni is five-grader of Vikarunnesa Noon School and College while his younger brother Alvi is a nursery student of Holy Crescent School.