Police yesterday arrested a woman after she admitted to masterminding the killing of her drug-addicted son failing to endure his torture.
The mother, Momtaj Begum, also told the police that her only daughter assisted her in making the plan while three men executed the murder of her son Riaz Ahmed Chowdhury alias Suman.
The police also arrested Momtaj’s daughter Farzana Hossain and the three suspected murderers–Zakir Hossain, Khalilur Rahman and Prashun Kanti Pal.
Suman was found slaughtered at his Shyamoli house on May 15.
"Suman used to torture me if I failed to give him Tk 1,000-1,500 daily," Momtaj told reporters at a press conference at the Detective Branch office of police yesterday.
"I was compelled to take the harsh decision to kill my only son when he tried to sell our house, our only source of income," Momtaj said.
DB police said they first arrested Prashun in Mohammadpur area on Friday and following his statement they arrested the two other suspected killers in the same area.
They seized a laptop and a cellphone set from the possession of Zakir and Khalilur, who are tenants at Momtaj’s house.
The DB police presented all the arrestees before journalists at the press conference, where the three youths also admitted to killing Suman without any money at the directives of Momtaj and her daughter as Suman’s mother and they are the disciples of the same Pir (spiritual leader).
They said Suman’s mother called them in March and revealed her plan to kill her son.
The police said as per the plan Momtaj pretended to be ill and called her son on May 15. When Suman opened the door of his bedroom Zakir, Khalilur and Prashun grabbed him, tied his mouth with duct tape and killed him.
One of Suman’s cousins told reporters the following day that Suman, a student of pharmacy at a private university, stopped his study in second year after becoming addicted to drugs like cannabis, phensidyl and heroin.
Suman’s father Amir Hossain died in 1999 while serving as the director (finance) at the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board.