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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

The police Monday cited demand for money as an early lead to the killing of writer Momena Ahmed, the widow of a Dhaka University teacher.

The 65-year-old writer, the wife of the late chairman of Dhaka University's Applied Physics Department Sultan Ahmed, was knifed to death at her Dhanmondi home Monday.

The police arrested a youth, named Faruq Hossain, on charges of being involved in the killing, and retrieved a blood-stained knife from the elevator of the building.

Later in the day, Momena's son Mainul Ahmed filed a murder case against Faruq, an English honours student of Dhaka College.

According to the police, Faruq confessed that he had killed Momena, angered by her refusal to give him Tk 300 as demanded.

Faruq threatened Momena with a kitchen knife for money, Dhanmondi police chief Monwar Hossain told, referring to early confession from the detainee.

In a bid to avoid a knife attack, Momena had allegedly shoved Faruq onto the floor, the OC said. Apparently incensed by physical hurts, Faruq attacked and killed Momena with the knife, the police inspector told

A housemaid said Faruq was held when he was fleeing the scene after slaughtering Momena at her home at about 1.30pm. Security guards held and handed Faruq over to the police.

Quoting Momena's relatives in the initial development of the case, the police said the killing might have stemmed from her row with a publishing house.

The Dhanmondi police chief had earlier told that the police would investigate the alleged links of the publisher in the killing.

Momena wrote a number of books including Hashi-Khushi, School Library Parjalochona: Prekkhit Bangladesh and Bhuture Gappo under the name of Momena Deyasini.

Mamota, a seven-year-old domestic help, told reporters that Faruq, who had a good relationship with the family, came to the house at about 12.30pm and ate lunch.

After lunch, Faruq was watching TV, and Momena was ready to go out, Mamota said.

"Then I went to the kitchen and heard boroma crying for help. I rushed into her room and found Faruq holding her by the hair to kill her," Mamota alleged.

"Faruq told me 'I'll kill you too if you get near me'."

Mamota then ran out of the apartment and broke the news to neighbours.

Lift operator Abdul Alim told that Mamota and another domestic help of a different flat went downstairs crying for help.

Meantime, an unnamed person from a flat in the same building told Alim by intercom that a man had killed Momena and was trying to flee.

Faruq hurried to the ground floor by elevator but Alim and other security guards stopped him as the gate opened.

"I found him covered in blood," Alim said.

Momena's relatives said Faruq used to go to the apartment once in a while. Momena had helped him with money, they said.

Major Ehsan Ahmed of RAB-2 who rushed to the scene told reporters that Momena had lived with her son Mainul Ahmed and Mamota in the apartment.

Momena had also worked for Udyana School as a librarian. Her other son Saiful Ahmed lives in Russia.

Momen's husband Prof Sultan Ahmed died in 1994.
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