A businessman, allegedly set on fire by people who owed him money in Fatullah in Narayanganj, died from burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital's Burn Unit yesterday.
Before his death, Suman Miah, 37, was able to disclose the names of the four people who set him on fire in a recorded video statement.
The incident occurred in the house of one Badsha Miah at Paschim Masdair area of Fatullah on Friday night. Critically injured Suman was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries yesterday morning.
Suman Miah, the son of Abdul Jalil of Paschim Masdair area, was a garments jhut trader. His wife Shimu Akter is five months' pregnant and they have an eight year old son named Samrat.
Quoting Suman's statement, his sister Sonia Akter said, two of Suman's business partners, Biplob and Sohel Mondal, who had taken loans of Tk 70,000 each from Suman had been harassing him for some time. They had pledged to return the money after one month but started harassing Suman in different ways when this period passed.
On Friday night, at around 9:30 pm, Biplob called Suman over his mobile phone and asked him to come to his house as he would repay the loan.
According to Suman's recorded statement, once he reached the house Biplob's wife Shayla, Sohel Mondal and “Hotel Masud” forcibly caught hold of Suman. They held him as Biplob poured kerosene on Suman's body and set him on fire.
Locals rescued Suman and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Suman was able to describe the incident to his family who recorded it on their phone. He died at DMCH Burn Unit yesterday morning.
Fatullah Model Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Manzur Kader said, the family of the deceased have contacted the police with the names of the accused,
All the accused remain absconding. Legal action is under process, Kader said.