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‘Munia’s diaries are the most important evidence’

  • Published at 04:50 pm April 28th, 2021
Police Gulshan flat Munia suicide - zakir
This photo taken on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 shows a police vehicle in front of the apartment building on Road No 120 in Gulshan 1, Dhaka where a college student committed suicide on Monday Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Six handwritten diaries were recovered from her flat in Gulshan

The personal diaries of Mosarat Jahan Munia are the most important pieces of evidence in the case filed against Basundhara Group Managing Director (MD) Sayem Sobhan Anvir for allegedly abetting the college student’s suicide.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (Gulshan) Sudip Kumar Chakroborty made the comment while talking to a group of journalists on Wednesday evening.

“To establish the case in court, collection of evidence is now the most important thing,” he said.

The six handwritten diaries were recovered from Munia’s luxurious flat in Gulshan. The college student had written about social recognition of her relationship, her expectations about conjugal life, obstacles, and distance with her partner, as well as his family problems, the DC added.

“Overwhelmed by despair, she was in severe distress. There is evidence of mental upheaval in the pages of the diary. She may have taken the difficult decision of committing suicide in the face of emotional turmoil,” Sudip told reporters.

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Citing primary information from the physicians who carried out Munia’s autopsy, the police official said: “It is believed that the young woman committed suicide. There were no signs of injuries anywhere on her body other than her neck. Her legs and hands were getting bluish and slightly swollen because of the hanging.”

After scrutinizing CCTV footage, it was found that Sayem had not been to the flat on the day of the incident, or even on the previous day, he added.

Law enforcement officials have quizzed the owner of the flat Munia was staying in, the landlord’s son-in-law, and the caretaker of the building. Their testimony will officially be taken later.

In addition to the diaries, police have recovered two mobile phones from the flat. A team of experts is working to glean information from the phones.

“Apart from all this, police have also asked the authorities concerned to do everything that needs to be done regarding DNA profiling. Since the case is being widely discussed, we are all working together to ensure justice for the victim and we will continue working to establish the rule of law,” Sudip said.

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What happened? 

Police recovered the body of Munia, 21, from a flat in Dhaka’s Gulshan area on Monday. She had started living all by herself in the flat in March.

She was a second year higher secondary student at Mirpur Cantonment Public School and College.

Her sister, Nusrat Jahan, filed a case with Gulshan police station, accusing Bashundhara Group MD Sayem Sobhan Anvir, who had rented the flat for her, of abetting Munia’s suicide.

The case was filed under Section 306 of the Penal Code in the early hours of Tuesday, according to the case statement.

Section 306 stipulates: "If any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine."

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court on Tuesday imposed a travel ban on Sayem, barring him from leaving the country.

Sayem is the son of Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, chairman of one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Bangladesh.

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