Police recovered body of an eight-year-old madrasa student from a mosque in the capital's Demra area yesterday, a day after he went missing.
The deceased was identified as Monir Hossain, a class one student of Nur-e Madina Madrasa. He used to live with his parents at Dogair area of Demra, said police.
Victim's father Saidul Hoque, a small trader, said his elder daughter took Monir to the madrasa on Sunday morning. Later in the evening, when Monir's sister went to the madrasa to pick him up, the teachers said that he went home, said Saidul.
“We then started miking in the locality. After some time, an anonymous caller demanded Tk 3 lakh on the phone and we filed a general diary regarding the incident after informing the police,” he added.
“I'm too poor to come up with the demanded ransom, and it's unacceptable that someone killed my son for money,” he claimed.
Nur Alam Siddique, inspector (operation) of Demra Police Station, said they were searching for the missing child since the family filed the GD.
“We initially tried to trace location of the caller. We then started looking for Monir near his madrasa after interrogating some suspects,” he said.
Finally, they found Monir's body inside a sack under the stairs of Nur-e Aysha mosque, very close to the madrasa from where he went missing, said Siddique.
“We are suspecting that someone, who knew Monir's family closely, killed him and then made the phone call to divert attention,” he said.
Police detained madrasa principal Hadiuzzaman for interrogation.
Nazmul Islam, sub-inspector of Demra Police Station, said that there is a black mark on Monir's neck and they found a towel next to the body.
“We are suspecting that the killer strangled him to death,” he said, adding that they sent the body to Sir Salimullah Medical College Morgue for autopsy.