The investigation officer (IO) of Mahmuda Khanam Mitu murder case on Saturday, December 17, 2016, says he got some “vital information” after quizzing Mitu’s husband and former superintendent of police (SP) Babul Akter. In the undated photo, Babul Akter with his wife and children poses for a photograph. Photo: Star/ Collected
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The investigation officer (IO) of the case filed in connection with the killing of Mahmuda Khanam Mitu, wife of former superintendent of police (SP) Babul Akter, said he got some “vital information” after “quizzing” Babul.
“He (Babul) disclosed some vital information which would help in advancement of investigation,” IO Mohammad Kamruzzaman, also an additional deputy commissioner (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, told The Daily Star today.
“On my request, he came to my office on Thursday,” the IO said.
Kamruzzaman further said, “I had talks with Babul Akter several times over phone and I was requesting him to come to my office as there are some issues which I did not want to discuss over telephone.”
On June 5, bike riding assailants waylaid SP Babul’s wife Mitu at OR Nizam Road near GEC intersection in the city while she was going to board her son to his school bus from their residence. Later, they stabbed and shot Mitu to death and fled from the spot. Babul filed the murder case which the Detective Branch (DB) of CMP is investigating at present.
Two more people have been held over the murder of top police official’s wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu. In the photo, law enforcers cordon off the spot where Mitu (inset) was killed by unidentified assailants near GEC intersection in Chittagong city on June 5. Photo: STAR
During the three-hour interrogation, Babul was asked about the main suspect, Kamrul Sikder alias Musa, the IO said. In reply, Babul said he knew Musa for many years. “They had a very intimate relation,” the IO said quoting Babul.
Musa reportedly worked as a source of Babul. The IO said Babul became emotional while he was being “quizzed”. Babul also wanted to know about the headway of the case, the IO said.
After coming out of the IO’s office, he boarded on his car and left the place, said eye witnesses.
Police officer Babul Akter, third from right, and other relatives wail after his wife was shot and stabbed to death by assailants near GEC intersection in Chittagong city on June 5, 2016. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das
The IO said Babul might be called in the future. He said he also had talks with Mitu’s father Mosharraf Hossain, who is also a former police officer and resides in Dhaka, over phone.
“I have requested him to come to my office as I need to talk to him on some vital issues,” he said.
When asked about the headway of investigation, Kamruzzaman said the investigation has crossed the “half way”.
“We have arrested seven accused so far but some more accused including Musa are absconding,” he said, adding, “Our intelligence wing is working to arrest the accused.”
Anwar, left, and Wasim, two suspects arrested in Mitu murder case, after they gave confessional statements before a Chittagong court yesterday. Photo: Star
“I will try to submit charge-sheet as soon as possible,” said Kamruzzaman without mentioning any deadline.
Mentionable, police quizzed Babul for around 15 hours after “lifting” him from his father-in-law’s house at Banashri in the capital on June 24 midnight. Later police said Babul gave resignation from his post. After that Babul claimed he did not give resignation “willingly”.
He reportedly applied to the ministry of Home Affairs for withdrawal of resignation on August 9. On September 6, a gazette notification from the ministry of Home Affairs says, “Babul Akter has been terminated from his job upon his application.”