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Bangladesh business mogul faces ugly allegations


A complaint has been filed against Sayem Sobhan Anvir, managing director of Bangladesh’s largest business conglomerate, Bashundhara Group, accusing him of encouraging the suicide of his mistress named Mosarat Jahan Munia, 21, from Comilla, a student in second year and candidate for the HSC exam at Mirpur Cantonment. Public school and college. Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the Gulshan Division of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Sudip Kumar Chakraborty, confirmed the case.

The deceased older sister, Nusrat Jahan, filed a complaint under section 306 of the Penal Code at Gulshan Police Station, accusing Bashundhara (MD) group chief executive Sayem Sobhan Anvir of promoting suicide, which rented the apartment for her. Munia was found hanged in an upscale apartment in the city’s Gulshan district. The apartment was rented by Sayem Sobhan Anvir.

Article 306 states: “If a person commits suicide, whoever encourages the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a period of up to ten years, and will also be liable to a fine. “

Citing her sister, police said Munia committed suicide in that apartment, where she started living on her own in March.

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court on Monday imposed a travel ban on the CEO of the Bashundhara group, Sayem Sobhan Anvir, barring him from leaving the country. Although, according to credible sources, Sayem has taken off for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently not present in the country.

Sayem Sobhan Anvir’s abrupt departure from Bangladesh for Dubai and the subsequent death of Mosarat Jahan Munia have already raised doubts about the exact reason for Munia’s death. Police will investigate if she was hanged by a killer. Investigators will check video footage from the building’s CC cameras, although it is doubtful whether it was a murder the wealthy businessman would have already destroyed all evidence of the CC camera footage.

A senior official from the Bashundhara group reportedly confirmed the case to Dhaka Tribune, media reported. Sayem is the son of Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, president of one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Bangladesh.

Munia’s father was a freedom fighter, Shafiqur Rahman, and the family is from the Comilla district.

According to the case report, Bashundhara MD Sayem and Munia had known each other for the past two years. They went out on dates at different restaurants and started talking on the phone and had a relationship.

In 2019, Sayem rented an apartment for Munia, showcasing their relationship as husband and wife. A photo of them as a couple was framed in their apartment.

As the news of Sayem’s extramarital affair leaked to her family, her mother summoned Munia through another woman named Piasa and threatened Munia and asked her to leave Dhaka.

Under such circumstances, assuring that he would marry her, Sayem quickly sent Munia back to her family in Comilla.

Later, Sayem convinced Munia to return to Dhaka and put her up in a chic rented apartment in the Gulshan district on March 1, 2021. This time, Gulshan’s house was rented by Munia’s older sister, although the family does not have the financial capacity to pay the rent for such an apartment.

According to the case statement, Munia had an argument with Sayem again after photos of an iftar party she attended with the owner’s family were shared on social media by the owner’s wife on the 23rd. April. Sayem expressed concern that Piasa, a Facebook friend of the owner’s wife, would inform her mother of recent developments, according to the case statement. Sayem also asked Munia to return to Comilla immediately and also told her that he would be leaving for Dubai on April 27.

According to the case statement, it was mentioned that Munia’s life was in danger and that she could be murdered if Sayem’s parents found out about their relationship.

Complainant Nusrat, in a case statement, said her sister told her the accused would marry her and live abroad. Especially since if they stayed in Bangladesh, Sayem’s parents would kill Munia, even if they did nothing with their son.

Dhaka Tribune claims to have obtained an unverified audio chat from Sayem and Munia where a male voice is heard accusing the woman of stealing 5 million BDT. The female was heard crying and repeatedly denying the threat allegation, while the male voice repeatedly cursed and used profanity.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner, Gulshan Division Sudip Kumar Chakraborty said: “Munia informed her older sister on Sunday that she was in trouble. Hearing this, Nusrat came from Comilla to Dhaka on Monday and rushed to her house in the evening.

“Since Munia was unreachable on the phone for a while and wouldn’t open the door, Nusrat broke the lock and then found her sister hanging from the ceiling fan in her bedroom.”

She then informed the building owner and then the police were called, DC Sudip said.

Munia’s body was sent to the Dhaka Medical College morgue for an autopsy, he said.

He added that the police collected all the electronic gadgets used by Munia from the footage of the apartment and the CCTV cameras of the building. “We are investigating the incident and analyzing the evidence. “

Sudip claimed that Munia was an unemployed student, but the apartment, which the businessman used to visit, was rented for 100,000 BDT with a service charge of 11,000 BDT per month.

Bashundhara Group owns two vernacular dailies and an English daily as well as a press agency and a private television channel.

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