Punishment for Moriom, family members demanded

Relatives of those arrested in a case filed after the disappearance of a woman named Rahima Begum in Khulna have demanded the unconditional release of their relatives and the trial of those who caused their suffering.

Human Chain responders alleged that Rahima’s daughter, Moriom Mannan, was behind the arrests along with Aduri Akhter and Miraz Hossain, among others.

The relatives organized a human chain on the Khulna-Jessore highway at the Fulbaria bus station intersection in the morning and urged law enforcement to book the main culprits behind the whole episode of the disappearance and of Rahima’s reappearance.

Meanwhile, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) said the statement given by Rahima Begum to the PBI and the court was misleading.

However, the PBI is verifying his statement made in court, Khulna Police Superintendent Syed Mushfiqur Rahman told UNB yesterday.

So far, nothing has been found that proves Rahima’s statement is true, the PBI official said.

Now the investigator will go to Bandarban for further investigations as Rahima traveled to Islampur in Bandarban Sadar Upazila as she mentioned in her court statement.

In addition, the police suspect the involvement of Belal Hawlader, Rahima’s second husband, in her disappearance.

“We hope to get proper information if we question him. We submitted a plea to the court for his remand,” the officer added.

Rahima, who her family said was missing, reappeared after 29 days on September 24, but not before her family members filed a complaint and six people were arrested.

Police initially suspected that she had left her home due to a family dispute over land.

The whole incident was hijacked when his daughter Moriom Mannan claimed to have found his body on September 22.

“I just found my mother’s body,” Moriom Mannan wrote in a Facebook post.

Md Saiful Islam, local leader of the Awami League and Councilor of Ward No. 2 in Khulna, claimed that Rahima had led a normal life during his stay in Faridpur.

Rahima told law enforcement that she had been living in the home of a Kuddus in the Boalmari union since September 17.

The councilor said he learned about Rahima’s presence in the area through a member of Ward No. 9 of the Jogipol union, named Mosharraf.

Mosharraf said Rahima was seen in an exuberant mood in the house, but sensing the presence of law enforcement and the councillor, she fell silent.

Rahima told visitors she was afraid her daughters would force her to sell properties belonging to her husband. And because of these fears, she had taken refuge in the house. She also tried to get a new voter ID card but fearing it would arouse suspicion, she abandoned the plan.

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