Saima's parents speak to media. (Inset Saima). -AA
Harun-or-Rashid, arrested over raping and murder of Samia Afrin Saima, 7, in city's Wari area, has given confessional statements before court.
Investigation officer and detective branch (DB) inspector Arjun produced Harun before court and pleaded to record his statement under section 164.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari then recorded Harun's statement and sent him to jail afterwards.
Killer Harun in his primary confession made to police, said he lured the little girl to that vacant flat by telling her to show the rooftop. He raped her there and strangled her to death. He dragged her lifeless body to kitchen by wrapping a rope around her neck and threw the body under the sink.
While briefing media about the arrest of the killer, detective branch (DB) additional commissioner Abdul Baten on Sunday said the crime tantamount to crimes against humanity.
Detectives of Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metrop-olitan Police (DMP) on Sunday arrested Harun from Dabarbhanga area of Cumilla. Harun used to reside at his cousin Parvez's family at their flat on the seventh floor of the building, where the victim's family lives. Earlier, Samia Afrin Saima, daughter of Abdus Salam, was found dead at a nine-storey building of Wari on Friday night.
After conducting a postmortem, Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of Dhaka Medical College Hospital's Forensic Medicine Department, said, the girl was murdered after rape as they found the evidence of rape on the victim's body.
The victim's father Abdus Salam is a businessman in Nawabpur. He bought the apartment in February and moved in there with his family.
The child was the youngest among Salam's four children and a nursery student of Silverdale Preparatory & Girls High School at Wari.Meanwhile, Saima's mother Sanzida Akhter was still grieving over brutal death of her youngest daughter Samia Afrin Saima, 7, holding the framed photograph of her beloved children.
"Saima always used to play around me as she was fond of me the most. Used to come to me now and then and asked me to pamper her. She used to run to me and hold me in her little arms after coming from outside. Now she is no more. I am just looking for my daughter, she is not running towards me, she is nowhere to be found," Sanzida said these while breaking into tears.
Sanzida - Abdus Salam's Wari, Banagram flat is still seeing huge number of mourners everyday, many people, who never even seen Saima in person or have no connection whatsoever with the family."Why he tortured my daughter, my tiny tot this way! Why he killed my doll What was her crime I want Prime Minister to ensure swift and exemplary punishment for this monster. No parents shall lose their children this way," grieving Sanzida added.
"My daughter was like a doll, she used to get along well with everyone. All were very fond of Saima for her friendly attitude. This beast raped her, he killed her. I want nothing but maximum punishment for him. I am pleading to the Prime Minister to ensure his death penalty in quickest possible time," Saima's father said.Yusuf Hossain lives in the same area and used to see the little girl from her way to school.
"She was so lively, a beautiful little girl. How can someone do such heinous thing with her! I just want the killer to be put on gallows, so that none can dare to repeat such barbaric crime in future," Yusuf said.Saima's neighbor Jamal Uddin too rushed to this reporter only to share his anger over the death."Please write and tell authorities to ensure exemplary punishment to this man," he said.
A Dhaka court on June 6 set July 24 to submit probe report in the case filed over rape and subsequently murder of Samia Afrin Saima in capital's Wari area on Friday.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqur Rahman passed the order, accepting the ejahar filed in the case.Saima's father Abdus Salam filed the case under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Wari Police Station.
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