Police on Saturday and Sunday made three arrests in connection with killings of three of a family in Banaripara upazila of Barishal on December 7.
Shishir Kumar Paul, OC of Banaripara Police Station, said they arrested two suspects -- Zakir Hossain, a mason from Nalchhity in Jhalakathi; and Jewel, from Kaunia area in Barishal city -- on Saturday.
They arrested Mishkat, daughter-in-law of victim Mariam Begum, 75, on Sunday night, he added.
Mishkat’s husband and Mariam’s son Abdur Rouf is urrently in Kuwait.
The OC said Zakir and Jewel in their confessional statements made with a Barishal court on Sunday admitted to have killed Mariam, her nephew Yousuf, 18, and her son-in-law Mohammad Alam, 55, a retired primary school teacher from Pirojpur’s Swarupkathi upazila.
The killers also stole some gold jewellery from Mariam’s house, he added.
According to their statements, mason Zakir developed physical relations with Mishkat while he was staying in Sailiabakpur village for nearly a year to construct a house for Mishkat’s husband.
Mishkat and Zakir decided to kill Mariam and Yousuf as Mariam found out about their affair from Yousuf. Jewel was hired to help Zakir in the killings.
Around 1:00am on December 7, after Mishkat opened the door, Zakir and Jewel entered the house and first strangled Yousuf to death. They then killed Alam, who was coincidentally staying at the house that night, as he witnessed Yousuf’s murder. The last one they killed was Mariam.
Mishkat sent Tk 4,000 to Zakir from her cell phone for Jewel’s payment and the money was collected from a bKash agent in Barishal launch terminal area around 4:30am that day.
Mohammad Abdur Rakib, additional superintendent of police (ASP) in Barishal, said they made the arrests tracking the financial transactions made from the cell phones of the arrestees.
Police seized the cell phone that was used to withdraw the money as well as the stolen gold jewellery from Zakir and Jewel’s possession.
Both Zakir and Jewel were sent to Barishal Jail and Mishkat was produced to the court with a remand prayer for five days.
Mishkat admitted to the affair, but she denied her involvement in the killings, ASP Rakib added.
Mariam’s younger son Sultan Mahmud filed a murder case with Banaripara Police Station on the day the bodies were found.