A woman entrepreneur was found dead inside the storeroom of her café in Halishahar Housing Estate in Chattogram city late on Monday, that police are suspecting to be a murder.
The deceased was identified as Lucky Akhter, 32, residing at Block-K of the residential area, said Pranit Chakma, assistant sub-inspector at Halishahar Police Station. Her husband is a Sri Lankan expatriate.
Lucky, owner of KS Spicy Café and Large Design Boutique House in the area, was found dead at the storeroom of her café at 11:30pm, said the ASI, adding that the prime suspect, Md Khaled Noor was the manager of the café.
“Lucky was hit with a heavy object to her face. The manager of the cafe has been absconding since the incident,” said Bazlur Rahman, inspector (investigation) of Halishahar Police Station.
Mamun Howlader, brother of the deceased, told The Daily Star that manager Khaled used to live at the storeroom of the café.
“My sister went to the store on Monday night with her three-month-old baby in her arms, to talk with Khaled about some business matters. It was not out of routine, as she used to do it often. But I became anxious as she did not return by 11pm,” said Mamun, a college student who used to live with Lucky.
As he reached the store, Khaled came out and told him that Lucky had headed for her home on a rickshaw few minutes ago, said Mamun. “But I did not find her at home when I returned,” he added.
Mamun said at 11:30pm he received a phone call from a man telling him that his sister was murdered at the store of the café. He claimed that voice was Khaled's.
“I then rushed to the store again and with the help of locals, broke the door to find my sister's dead body. My nephew was lying beside his mother's dead body,” he said, adding, Khaled might have had financial feud with his sister.
SM Obaidul Haque, OC of Halishahar Police Station, said a murder case was filed, and police were trying to arrest Khaled. The body was sent to Chattogram Medical College morgue for post-mortem.