Couple of moths back, Mazedul, a shopkeeper in Ashulia, took Tk 50,000 loan from Sona Mia, his neighbour, with a promise to pay up soon.
Unable to repay, Mazedul, 22, devised a scheme. He decided to abduct Sona Mia's five-year-old son Monir, but was not sure how he would carry it out.
Meantime on Saturday evening, the five-year-old came to his shop to buy some products. Utilising the opportunity, Mazedul forcibly took him behind the store, taped his mouth and put him inside a sack filled with husk.
As Monir tried to get out, Mazedul started beating him. At one stage, the five-year-old stopped moving. When Mazedul checked, he found the child dead inside the sack.
He kept the sack along with the body inside the shop that night.
The next morning, he took the sack to his friend Rabbi's home. Later in the evening, they buried the sack behind the house.
Their friend, Mansur, in presence of Mazedul called the five-year-old's father and told him that his son has been kidnapped and demanded Tk 10 lakh ransom.
Sona Mia informed the matter to Dhamrai Police Station immediately.
Tracking the cellphone, police on early Tuesday, arrested Mazedul from his home. Gleaning information from him, they arrested Mansur. Rabbi later surrendered to police.
The three, produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court in Dhaka yesterday, gave their confessional statements, said Dipak Saha, officer-in-charge of Dhamrai Police Station.
The incident took place in Chhoto Ashulia area, where they are from, said the OC.
This correspondent tried to talk to Sona Mia and his family members, but they were too shell-shocked.
Sona Mia could not fathom that Mazedul, his neighbour, could commit such a crime. “I know Mazedul took loans from others too and was in debt… but no reason can justify such brutality.”