Khulna’s Rahima Begum, found in Faridpur’s Boalmari upazila 29 days after disappearance, had been staying there since September 17, police say.
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Deputy Commissioner (North) Molla Jahangir Hossain shared the information at a press briefing in Khulna’s Doulatpur police station around 2:30 am today.
However, Rahima is not answering any of the police’s questions about why she left home and stayed in Faridpur. She has not spoken since she was brought under police custody, said Molla Jahangir.
Based on intelligence team’s information, a team of KMP conducted a drive at the house of Quddus Molla in Syedpur village, under Faridpur’s Boalmari Upazila, and found Rahima unharmed on Saturday night.
Rahima Begum was brought to Daulatpur police station around 2 am.
Police also detained three people, including two women, from the house for questioning.
Quddus’ relatives told police that Rahima had been staying in the house since September 17.
In this regard, Rahima’s son Sadi said, “Since my mother was rescued alive, she will be able to shed light on the disappearance.”
“If someone from my family is involved in the incident, administration will take action against them,” he added.
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) will further investigate this matter, said Molla Jahangir.
On August 27, Rahima went missing after she had stepped out to fetch water near her home in Banikpara area of Khulna’s Doulatpara upazila around 10pm. Her family found her sandals, scarf and the pitcher she was carrying from the spot.
The family first filed a complaint with the police, based on which an FIR was lodged by the cops against some people.
On September 13, after Rahima remained missing for 17 days and police failed to find her, her younger daughter Aduri Akter appealed to the Khulna court to transfer the case to the PBI, said Rahima’s elder daughter Moriom Mannan.
The same day the court ordered police to hand over the case to the PBI.
So far, six people have been arrested in this case. They are Rahima’s second husband Belal Howladar, Mohiuddin, Palash, Jewel, Helal Sharif, and assistant engineer at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) Golam Kibria.
As the case was investigated by the PBI, a remand appeal made by the police to interrogate Rahima’s husband Belal remains pending for hearing, said police.
Rahima's family resorted to putting up “missing” posters in Khulna city in the hope they will get their mother back.
Finally on Thursday night, Rahima’s daughter Moriom Mannan wrote in a Facebook post that they had found their mother’s body in Mymensingh. However, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), Khulna's Daulatpur police station and Mymensingh police couldn’t confirm the matter.