'Minni confesses to involvement'
Ayesha Siddika Minni has confessed that she was involved in the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif, said Barguna Police Superintendent Maruf Hossain on Thursday.
"Minni gave her confessional statement during interrogation before she was shown arrested and in remand, claimed SP Maruf at his office around 11:30am on Thursday.
The police official said that Minni had maintained contact with the killers since the murder. She took part in the murder plan. She did everything necessary to execute the plan before the murder was committed. She also had meetings with the killers, he added.
"Minni has confessed to her link with the killing. It has initially been proved that the woman was involved with the murder," SP Maruf added.
Replying to a question over if Minni's arrest has a link with the press conference of Rifat's father, SP Maruf said they were keeping a close watch on the issue.
He said, "We did neither face any pressure from political quarters nor any other section."
On condition of anonymity, a member of Barguna district police, said, "Actually, the accused planned to beat up Rifat not to kill him. But, accidentally he died of stabbing by Nayan Bond and Rifat Farazi."
Sources in the district police said two days before the attack, Rifat had snatched away a mobile phone set from one Helal. Helal was a friend of both Rifat and Nayan Bond. The later went to Minni to recover his cell phone, the sources added.
Minni fell victim to torture as she asked Rifat to give back the cell phone. At last she recovered the phone from Rifat's possession and handed it over to Nayan Bond on June 25.
She asked Nayan to beat Rifat to take revenge of her assault.
Minni also asked him not be present during the attack. In the evening on June 25, Bond gang had a meeting and took preparation of launching attack on Rifat Sharif.
Seeking anonymity, a member of the district police, said Minni along with Rifat went out of the college on the eve of attack. Seeing no preparation of attack as per plan, Minni along with her husband entered the college premises again to pass time.
After a while, several members of Bond gang gathered there and forcibly took Rifat towards East direction through the college's front road beating up him when Minni was seen walking normaly.
Suddenly, Nayan Bond started beating Rifat which was not in plan. At that time, Minni appeared in the scene and resisted Nayan from beating Rifat. Minni, actually, did not want to save her husband, rather tried to save Nayan from the allegation of attacking Rifat.
On June 26, Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by criminals in front of his wife in broad daylight in the district town. The incident was caught on surveillance camera.