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Vol. 5 Num 317 Mon. April 18, 2005  
   
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Robbers knife school head to death in city
5 arrested


Robbers knifed a primary school headmistress to death and looted cash and gold said to be worth about Tk 5.17 lakh from her Harirampur house in Uttara in the early hours yesterday.

Talukdar Shahnaj Kabir Lily, 35, headmistress of Ashuliya Government Primary School, died on way to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

Police arrested five men and seized Tk 1.71 lakh, 10 tola of gold and a bloodstained knife.

Up to eight masked robbers broke into Lily's house at Harirampur village in Kamarpara union under Uttara Police Station at about 4:00am.

They tied up all the five residents of the house at gunpoint and ransacked furniture in search of cash and gold, said Talukdar Humayun Kabir, Lily's father. Her husband, Mozammel Hossain Bhuiyan, a medical officer of Aventis Pharmaceuticals, was at his workplace in Rangpur.

As the robbers were leaving with Tk 4.5 lakh and 25 tola gold ornaments, Lily yelled at them, "I've identified you and know who are behind the robbery."

Hearing this, the robbers stabbed Lily, sister of Awami League leader Murad Jongh of Savar area, in the chest and fled the scene.

She was rushed to a local clinic and then to the DMCH where doctors declared her dead.

Humayun in a case filed with Uttara Police Station accused Lily's landlord Noor Mohammad and his son Ibrahim of the murder and robbery.

Uttara police citing the FIR (first information report) said Noor had a feud with Lily and had threatened her with trouble had she not left his house.

The arrestees are Ibrahim, Rashed, Rahim, Sharif and Abul Hasan.

"We've seized Tk 1.5 lakh and a bloodstained knife from a wardrobe at Ibrahim's room on the first floor of the same house," said investigating officer Abdul Quaiyum.

Police also seized Tk 21,000 and the ornaments from another arrestee's house.