COMILLA, Apr 30: A pregnant housewife was allegedly strangulated to death by her husband and in-laws over dowry at Shidlai village under Brahmanpara upazila here on Friday.
The deceased was identified as Shahida Yasmin, 19, daughter of retired army man Shah Alam of Deush village in the upazila.
Shahida was married to Robiul Islam, son of Nurul Islam of Shidlai village around seven months back. Since then, Robiul and his relatives used to torture Shahida over dowry.
Shah Alam, father of the victim, paid Robiul Tk 1 lakh in cash and some gold ornaments as dowry on the marriage day. But Robiul and his family members demanded more.
On Friday at 9am, Robiul and his family members locked in an altercation with Shahida over dowry. At one stage, Robiul and his mother strangulated Shahida to death and later hanged the body with ceiling fan to show it a suicide. Later, Robiul fled from the spot.
Victim's father Shah Alam said, after the incident, Robiul's maternal uncle Kolim Uddin informed the matter to him over cell phone at 11:30am. He further said that he found his daughter's body not hanging but lying in the room.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to the morgue at Comilla Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Brahmanpara Police Station SM Bodiuzzman said several injury marks were found on the body.
The victim's father Shah Alam filed a case with Brahmanpara Police Station in this connection.