Deceased DU student’s husband detained for ‘murder’ charges

Elma Chowdhury Meghla

Police have arrested the husband of Dhaka University student Elma Chowdhury Meghla on suspicion of killing her, reports UNB.

The arrestee has been identified as Iftekhar Abedin, 36, an expatriate who returned to the country from Canada on Sunday.

Based on a complaint from Meghla’s father Saiful Islam Chowdhury, an FIR for murder was filed against three persons -- Iftekhar and his parents -- at Banani police station in the capital.

“Post-registration of the FIR, Iftekhar was detained. He was placed under arrest on Tuesday night,” said officer in-charge of Banani police station, Noor A Azam.

Elma Chowdhury Meghla with her husband

“We suspect she was murdered over a family dispute. However, we are waiting for the autopsy report from Dhaka Medical College and Hospital,” the OC added.

The two other accused in the case -- the deceased woman’s parents-in-law -- are on the run, the police officer said.

Meghla, 25, a student of Dhaka University’s Department of Dance (2015-16 session), died on Tuesday evening.

“We received a call from Meghla’s husband that afternoon that she was ill and rushed to United Hospital. By the time we reached the hospital, she was dead,” Meghla’s uncle Iqbal Hossen said.

Momo, a friend of Meghla who saw her at the hospital said, “We saw signs of torture on her body, from that we assume she was murdered”. “As far as we know, Meghla was psychologically tortured by her husband.”