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Mitu's family concerned about the safety of her children

Published : Sunday, 15 May, 2022 at 12:00 AM  Count : 322

CHATTOGRAM, May 14: The family of slain Mahmuda Khanam Mitu, wife of former Superintendent of Police (SP) Babul Akter, are worried about the safety of her children as they believe they may be used as key witnesses by the state in the case.
The special police investigative unit probing the sensational 2015 murder has yet to formally interview the children, as Babul's family has appealed to a higher court to bar the interview process.
The two children, a boy aged 13 and a girl aged 9, are under the custody and supervision of Babul's father, retired police inspector Abdul Wadud, in Magura at the moment.
Babul has been in jail after Mitu's father Mosharaf Hossain filed a second murder case with Panchlaish Police Station in Chattogram on May 12, 2021, accusing Babul and seven others of killing his daughter on Jun 5, 2016.
The former police officer was shown arrested in the second murder case on Jan 9 this year. On Jan 25, the Police Bureau of Investigation, or PBI, submitted the final report in the first murder case, which was filed by Babul against unidentified people, without pressing charges against any accused.
Mitu's father, retired police inspector Mosharraf Hossain, told that he is worried about the safety of his grandchildren. "It's been nearly five years and we haven't seen them [the grandchildren]. We asked a family court in Dhaka to grant us custody over them. But Babul's family is employing different tactics to delay the process," he said.
"My grandson is the lone eyewitness to his mother's murder. His testimony might prove to be crucial for the investigation officer. That's probably why Babul's family is shielding him," Mosharraf said. So far, two separate trial courts in Chattogram have ordered Babul's family to produce the children so that the investigation officer can interview them at a PBI office in Chattogram in the presence of a court-appointed probation officer.
However, each time, Babul's family had moved to a higher court seeking a bar on the process prescribed by the trial courts.
Defending the stance, Babul's brother Habibur Rahman said the defence wants the investigation officer to interview the children in the presence of the president of the Magura District Bar Association and Magura's probation officer at the latter's office.    -

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