Minu Biwi, a 40-year-old resident of Murshidabad’s Raghunathpur was choked to death, after a confrontation with her husband on Thursday night. The accused has gone at large.
The eight-year-old son of Minu, who was the only eye witness of the incident, described the whole incident to the police. The investigators are in search of the killer husband.
Local police believe that domestic violence might be the reason behind this murder. Minu, a mother of two children, was involved in an altercation with her husband Rafikul Islam.
Suddenly Rafikul pounced on her and choked her with a pillow. Little Shahin was watching the incident from a close proximity. He was screaming, but his father did not react to it.
The cops took the details of the incident from Shahin and lodged a case. “The man might have gone to the neighbouring district. A police team has gone to bring him here,” said a senior police officer.
According to Shahin’s version to the police, his father wanted her mother to bring money from her home. He wanted some gold ornaments from her. But his mother refused to give away the money and the ornaments.
“Rafikul started beating his wife with a rod. She was crying with pain. Then, he throttled her with a pillow. Her inert body was found lying on the bed. The man then decamped from the spot,” said the officer.
Ten years back, Rafikul married Minu and they started a happy family life. But later Rafikul started some illegal business in Murshidabad. He was arrested by the police earlier as well.
“Rafikul was a small time shopkeeper but later turned into a seller of adulterated fuel or kata tel for autos and trekkers. He made money in this trade, but was arrested on the charge of selling adulterated fuel. But he got bail,” said a police officer.
“Rafikul is a dangerous fellow. He could kill his children too. But he escaped from the spot without harming those children. The children were sent to a destitute home. The children were scared and they will give deposition before the court,” said the police officer.