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Death of Salman Shah

Suicide or murder?

US expatriate's claim that the actor was murdered triggers fresh debate

“Salman Shah didn't kill himself, he was murdered," claims an accused in the case filed over the death of famed actor Salman.  

Currently an expatriate in the US, Rabeya Sultana Rubi’s recent video post has gone viral on social media.

"Salman Shah didn't kill himself, he was murdered. My husband (John) planned it and my brother accomplished it. Samira's family [Salman Shah's wife] was the mastermind behind the killing. A Chinese community member completed the task," she claimed in the video clip. The accused said she will do everything to prove her point right. "They also tried to kill me. So I am on the run as I am the last person who can prove it as killing. Now they are trying to kill me as the case may be reopened anytime."

She also asked Salman's mother Nilufar Chowdhury to urge for a reinvestigation.

Salman's mother in a press conference on February 9 this year also termed the death of the actor a murder and alleged that "there had been many efforts to establish the case as a suicide case in the past."

The popular silver screen actor in the 90s mysteriously died on September 6, 1996 at the age of 25. Following the death, his father Kamaruddin Chowdhury had filed an unnatural death case, which later turned into a murder case after one Rezvi Ahmed in a confessional statement said he had killed Salman with the help of Salman's wife, mother-in-law and eight other people. Rezvi, however, later disowned his confession given before the police.

Detective Branch, Criminal Investigation Department of police and a judicial probe body investigated the case separately and submitted their reports stating that Salman's death was a case of unnatural death, which Salman Shah's family rejected.

On December 7, 2016, a Dhaka court asked the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to carry out further investigation into the case.

The case accused 11 persons, including the actor's wife Samira Haque, and producer and businessman Aziz Mohammad Bhai.

The others are Salman's mother-in-law Latifa Haque Lucy, house help Monowara Begum, Rizvi Ahmed alias Farhad, choreographer Nazrul Sheikh, "David", Ashraful Haque Don, Rabeya Sultana Rubi, Mostak Wayeed, and Abul Hossain Khan.

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