Tenant-owner feud leads to murder of a baby
A one-year-old boy of a tenant was killed after the house owner's son allegedly dipped him into mud at Majarbari in the city's Uttarkhan area Sunday night as a sequel to a tenant-owner feud over water supply.
The baby, Mohammad Ismail was a son of Hajera Begum who has been living in a makeshift house of Atahar in the area for last one year.
Police said Atahar's son Zahirul, 22, took Ismail from Hajera Begum's house to a marshy land adjacent to the House at around 8:30pm and dipped the infant into mud leaving him dead.
Golam Azam, sub-inspector (SI) of Uttara Police Station and investigation officer of the case, quoting Hajera said Zahirul came to her house Sunday evening, played with Ismail and her daughter Urmee, 5, on the veranda while Hajera was taking Iftar there.
When Hajera went inside the house and came back after a few minutes, she found Urmee alone while Zahirul was running away from the marshy land, said SI Azam. Later, Hajera found her child lying dead in the mud.
Earlier on Sunday, Zahirul in an arbitration was compelled to apologise to Hajera for beating her during a dispute over water supply, said police quoting locals.
The arbitration also barred her from going to local police station for filing of a case against Zahirul, SI Azam said. The apologising enraged Zahirul, which might have led to the killing, he added.
The body was taken to Dhaka Medical College Morgue for autopsy. Morgue sources said there was mud in the mouth and throat of the corpse.
Hajera, left abandoned by her husband, was supporting her two children by serving as domestic help at houses in the area.
Police said a case was filed with Uttarkhan Police Station yesterday. They are yet to arrest Zahirul.