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12:00 AM, July 22, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:41 AM, July 22, 2019

Three held for beating woman dead

Three people were detained in connection with the murder of Taslima Begum Renu, the single mother who was beaten to death by a mob on Saturday in the capital’s Uttar Badda. 

Police last night picked up the three from Uttar Badda.

“Based on CCTV footage, we have picked up three people for interrogation,” Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Badda Police Station told The Daily Star last night.

The suspects are Zafor, Bappi and Shahin. No other details on the three have been released so far.

Meanwhile, Taslima’s dream of raising her children right and ensuring their education has come to a cruel halt. 

The mother of two was killed in front of Uttar Badda Government Primary School, where she had gone to ask about the admission process for her four-year-old daughter. 

Family members said Renu used to live in Dhaka since her childhood. She was married, but the couple separated two years back.  

They have two children -- Tahsin Al Mahin, 11, and Tahsin Tuba, 4. The boy used to live with the father while the girl was with Renu. 

Family members said Renu wanted to go to USA where one of her brothers lived. She had taken preparations for it, but it was to be yet another unfulfilled dream. 

Renu’s family yesterday demanded immediate arrest of those involved in her killing. 

Nasir Uddin Tito, a nephew of the victim, said, “We want justice. Police can easily identify those in video footages [of the incident].” He urged police to investigate into the motive behind the killing.  

“She had no enmity with anyone. She had only gone to the school for her child’s admission. Why would she be mistaken for a kidnapper,” he said, adding she had gone to the school after her daily morning walk. 

Titu filed a case against 400 or 500 unknown people with Badda police station on Saturday night. 

Videos taken on mobile phones and CCTV footages from nearby buildings show some youths kicking, striking and trampling the 40-year old woman, amid a gathering of several hundred people.  

Most of the people seen in the video played the part of silent spectators when the mob descended upon Renu.  

The incident comes a day after three people, including a woman, were beaten by a mob in Thakurgaon.

The Police Headquarters said it was aware of a rumour being spread about human sacrifices needed for the construction of Padma bridge, which may have led to the attacks.

“Lynching on suspicion is a criminal offence … Spreading rumours that destabilise the environment is an anti-state act,” it added.

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