Sadequr Rahman and Romana Nargis
A youth shot a schoolgirl's parents dead in their flat at Kalachandpur in the city's Gulshan yesterday as they declined to marry their daughter off to him.
Rubel, 24, shot the couple when they tried to prevent him from forcefully dragging their schoolgirl daughter away.
Deceased Sadequr Rahman, 55, general secretary of Bangladesh Nursery Owners' Association and his wife Romana Nargis, 45, were living on the first floor of a five-storey building.
Victims' daughter Bithi who witnessed the murders told The Daily Star Rubel along with his friend Mithun reached their flat around 8:45am.
“Rubel had a hot exchange of words with my father as he turned down Rubel's proposal of marriage with my sister Iti; my father asked him to send his guardian instead,” she went on to say.
At one stage Rubel tried to drag Iti out of the house. As his father resisted Rubel shot her father in the head around 9:00am, she said adding that Rubel shot her mother as she came to her husband's help.
“My father died on the spot and my mother succumbed to her injury at the United Hospital in Gulshan around 9:30am,” Bithi said.
Caretaker of the building Abdul Kuddus told this correspondent that around 9:00am he locked the main gate as Bithi told him that Rubel had killed her father.
“Rubel forced me to open the gate at gunpoint and fled the scene with his accomplices,” the caretaker said.
Officer-in-charge Kamal Uddin of Gulshan Police Station told this correspondent that Rubel, a resident of Nadda in Gulshan, tried to develop a relation with Iti over the last one year but Iti's family did not accept it as he was a drug addict.
Rubel had yaba addiction, the OC said adding that police picked up Mithun's mother from her house at Nadda for interrogation but they found none at Rubel's house.
The caretaker said Rubel used to come to meet Iti in the flat over the last six months. Rubel also went out on date with Iti at times.
Iti's cousin Mohammad Kamol said Iti was a student of class x at Kalachandpur High School and College.
As they came to know that Rubel was a drug addict they forbade Iti to develop any relation with Rubel.
The OC said Rubel was the only son of his parents. His father is a transport trader.