Three detained, key suspect identified over lynching of woman in Dhaka’s Badda

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2019-07-22 00:33:06 BdST


Police have detained three people on suspicion that they were among a mob that lynched a woman in Dhaka’s Badda.

They caught the trio on Sunday night, Badda Police Station Inspector Abdur Razzak said.

He identified the suspects as 'Zafar', 'Bappy' and 'Shaheen'.

All three live next to a government primary school outside which the lynching of Taslima Begum Renu took place on Saturday, according to Razzak.

Police also identified one ‘Hridoy’ as the key suspect and launched a manhunt for him, he said.

Renu, the 42-year-old mother of two from Mohakhali in the capital, is among three people beaten and killed by separate mobs in Bangladesh on Saturday.

Guardians took her to the headmaster’s room for questioning on suspicion that she was an abductor when she had gone to the school at North Badda.

Angry locals, who gathered outside on hearing that “a child abductor has been caught”, later snatched her away and lynched her, according to Inspector Razzak.

Police responded immediately but the woman died before they arrived, according to the inspector.

The body was taken to her ancestral home in Laxmipur for burial on Sunday after post-mortem examination, her relative Nasir Uddin Tito told

He started a case over the death of Renu accusing 400 to 500 unidentified people.

The fatal mob beatings of child abduction suspects prompted the law enforcers to warn the people not to take the law into their own hands.

In a warning issued on Saturday, police reminded the people that killing someone suspected to be an abductor in mob beating is a crime.

Badda Police Station Sub-Inspector Sohrab Hossain said those spreading rumours that “child abductors are on the prowl to collect heads and blood for construction of Padma Bridge” will also face legal action.