Family members of Fahmid Tanvir Razim, a seventh grader who was stabbed to death on Saturday night in Khulna, have alleged that he was killed because he protested teasing of his female friends.
“My son was at home even in the evening. His friend [Shahinur Rahman Sagar] asked him to go to college campus over phone. Later, Sagar informed us about Razim being stabbed around 9:15pm,” said the victim’s mother Rehana Khatun, a teacher of Khulna Metro Police Line High School.
“My son used to attend coaching centre with my colleague’s daughters Moumita and Tushar. Local stalker Alif and his cohorts used to tease the girls on the way to their coaching. This created enmity between Razim and the stalkers. On Friday, they had a brawl too.
“Razim was killed for protesting teasing,” Rehana said.
According to Khalishpur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, victim’s father Jahangir Alam lodged a case against 10 people, among which six names were mentioned, with Khalishpur police station. Police later arrested four.
The arrestees were identified as – Alif, 16, Jisan Parvez, 16, Tarin Hasan alias Rizvi, 13, Md Sani Islam Apan, 13.
They also confessed their involvement in Razim’s murder during primary interrogation. They have been sent to jail.
On Saturday evening, seven to eight people beat Razim according to their plan and stabbed him at one point. Razim was taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.
The caretaker of Khulna Public College Lance Corporal Md Moslem Uddin said: “A concert was taking place at the college campus. I heard someone shouting near principal’s quarter around 9pm. When I went there to see what happened, I found Razim body covered in blood.”
Khulna Public College Principal Lt Col Md Jahangir Alam said: “Tight security measures were taken following the 31st establishment anniversary and students’ reunion. Besides police, RAB and Intelligence agency were also working. Teachers and students had their personal securities with them too. The case on the last day of the program is unfortunate.”
He also said that a five-member probe committee was formed to investigate the matter. The committee was asked to submit their probe report within next five workdays.
A demonstration will be staged protesting the incident at the college campus on Tuesday, he added.