Mehjabin Islam Moon killed her parents and sister in Dhaka’s Kadamtali area as she was forced into “anti-social activities”, police said yesterday, quoting her.
“As her mother forced her into anti-social activities, her father did nothing even after she complained to him about it, and her sister didn’t listen to her despite warning, she decided that death is their only punishment,” Shah Iftekhar Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Wari Division Police, said.
Mehjabin told police that her mother forced her into “sex work” after she passed SSC, and she was aggrieved over it.
Kadamtali police recovered the bodies of Masud Rana (50), a Saudi expat; his wife Mousumi Islam (45); and their daughter Jannatul Islam from a building on Rajjab Ali Sarder Road around 11:30am after Mehjabin called 999.
Mehjabin’s husband Shafiqul Islam (40) and their five-year-old daughter were found unconscious in the flat.
Masud’s brother Shakhawat Hossain filed a case with Kadamtali Police Station against Mehjabin and her husband.
“All five family members were primarily her target but she killed three of them. She said she would’ve killed her husband and daughter too, but eventually didn’t,” the DC added.
Mehjabin told police that she first sedated them and tied up their hands and legs, and then strangled them. Shafiqul was being treated at a hospital as he was sedated too.
The police official said Mehjabin insisted that she alone planned the murders.
During interrogation, she did not disclose the reason for sparing her husband and daughter.
However, police said they will interrogate Shafiqul and investigate whether Mehjabin was trying to divert law enforcers’ attention.
The DC said her uncle in the case statement alleged that Mehjabin was putting pressure on her parents to hand over part of their assets to her.
“We will investigate that too,” the DC said.
A Dhaka Court granted a four-day remand for Mehjabin yesterday.
Police officials said in 2016, a murder happened in Keraniganj — where they used to live then — after some photos and video of Mehjabin with a man were leaked.
Mehjabin, her husband, mother and an aunt were accused in the case. Mehjabin was later dropped from the charge sheet.
Meanwhile, forensic doctors at Dhaka Medical College conducted autopsies on the three bodies. Morgue sources suspected that they were strangled. Samples were collected from the bodies for further tests. At the morgue, victim Mousumi’s sister Sonia Akter alleged that Shafiqul was behind the killings. He used to torture Mehjabin and blackmailed her to admit to the murders, she claimed.