The body of a young homemaker, who went missing from the capital's Pirerbagh nearly three months ago, was recovered from the septic tank of her in-law's house in Joypurhat Sadar upazila yesterday.
The dead is Suborna, 26, daughter of late Hannan Sheikh of Mirpur-12. She got married to Ali Hasan Palash, 35, of Adarshapara village in Joypurhat about a year and a half ago.
Victim's younger sister Tania complained that Palash, a medical promotion officer at a pharmaceutical company, tortured her sister regularly demanding Tk 25 lakh as dowry. As Suborna went missing on January 30, her family members looked for her at various places, but in vain.
Failing to trace Suborna, her mother Salma Begum filed a case with Mirpur Police Station accusing nine people of abducting her daughter.
Mirpur police with help of the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) later arrested four of the accused -- Suborna's father-in-law Arman Ali, his wife Rahima Begum, daughter Sheuli Begum and Sheuli's husband Younus Ali Bokul. Victim's husband Palash has been on the run.
During quizzing by cops, Sheuli admitted that Suborna has been murdered and her body was dumped into the septic tank at the latter's in-law's house in Adarshapara village under Joypurhat Sadar upazila.
A police team led by Mukta Dhar, senior assistant police commissioner of Women Support and Investigation Division of the DMP, went to the village yesterday noon and recovered the body.
Police said the victim's hands and legs were tied with ropes. They suspected that the woman was murdered about 40 to 45 days ago.
The body was sent to Joypurhat Modern Hospital for an autopsy.
(Our correspondent in Dinajpur contributed to this report)