Police arrested a man on Friday afternoon from the city’s Khilgaon area on charges of beating his pregnant wife to death.
Khilgaon police station Officer-in-Charge Kazi Mainul Islam said: “Saiful Al Mamun was arrested and charged with the murder of his deceased wife Mahmuda Akhter Munni.”
According to the deceased’s aunt Jannatul Ferdous, Mahmuda, 26, was eight months pregnant when her husband Saiful, 35, beat her to death.
OC Mainul said the couple had been married for nine years and already had two children. Saiful was employed at a garments factory in Narayanganj.
He added that Jannatul had informed police that the couple had been in conflict for a long time because Saiful had an extra-marital affair. Two years ago, the affair had become public and forced the family to move from Narayanganj to Dhaka.
On Thursday night, the fight broke out afresh between the two, culminating in Saiful’s beating Mahmuda indiscriminately.
Critically injured, Mahmuda was rushed to Square Hospitals where she succumbed to her injuries at around 6:30am on Friday.
OC Mainul said a case had been lodged with Khilgaon police station in this regard.