by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal categorically said anyone found guilty in the mysterious death of a college girl at a Gulshan apartment must face the justice.
“Law will take its own course. Whoever is found guilty must face the justice,” said the minister responding to a question when his attention was drawn on Wednesday that the case was filed against Basundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
The minister’s remarks came at a time when social media have been flooded with sarcastically comments whether Anvir, the lone accused in the case for instigating the college girl’s suicide, would be taken to task because of his wealth.
The netizens have also condemned the role of a section of mainstream media on the coverage of the girl’s reported suicide at an apartment building in Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan neighbourhood. Many broadcast media initially suppressed the name of the accused, the said.
Anvir is the Managing Director of Basundhara Group, one of the major business conglomerates established in the 19980s with real estate business in Bangladesh by his father Ahmed Akbar Sobhan. The group grew spreading its wing to many areas including production of paper, cement and LP Gas with billions of dollars investment.
The case was filed on Monday night by Nusrat Jahan Tania after police recovered the body of Mosarat Jahan Muniya, a 21-year old girl, from a flat at Gulshan’s 120 road.
The plaintiff, the eldest sister of the victim, said Anvir rented the expensive flat for Muniya using her national ID card as he promised to marry her sister. She alleged that Anvir instigated her sister to commit suicide.
Previously, Muniya and Anvir used to live in a rented home in Banani residential area where they identified them as spouses.
Despite the plaintiff mentioned it as a suicide case, the mystery behind the death of the college girl still remained clouded. Police have begun reviewing the evidences, CCTV footage, the victim’s personal diary and photographs among others as they started an investigation into the case.
A senior police officer said reviewing the footage that Anvir visited the apartment three days before the death of the girl. But he was not arrested yet despite a group of activists demanded his immediate arrest.
By this time, amid a cloud of rumors whether Anvir is still in Bangladesh, his lawyers filed a petition with the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case. The petition is scheduled for hearing on Thursday in a virtual Bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman, said lawyer Sayed Ahmed Raza.
A travel ban on Sayem Sobhan Anvir was issued by a Dhaka court on Tuesday.
Basundhara Group owned media outlets Bangladesh Protiidin, Kaler Kantho, Daily Sun, News24 broadcaster and Banglanews24.com news portal did not run the story on its boss’s implication in the case.