Police have recovered the body of a 12- to 13-year-old boy from the Padma river in Rajshahi’s Godagari upazila. The body was recovered from Gangbari village in Sultanganj area of the upazila around 1pm on Friday. However, the police did not know the name of the teenager.
According to the police, the locals who were walking in the river Padma on Friday night saw the body of the teenager floating in the river and informed the police. Police recovered the body from the river Padma and sent it to the morgue of Rajshahi Medical College. The body could not be identified as it was mutilated. The teenager was wearing only a pair of shorts. According to the initial inquest, the teenager died at least two to three days ago.
Godagari Model Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Khalilur Rahman Patwari said the teenager could have drowned, been killed and dumped in the river or floated away from another area. In this case, an unnatural death case will be registered at the police station.
A trader from Kankonhat municipal area of Godagari upazila of Rajshahi regularly gives low quality wheat bought from the market using the farmer’s agricultural card. On May 8, he was similarly preparing to deliver 400 sacks of wheat to the warehouse. But he could no longer supply wheat as he was caught cheating by the locals. On that day, the police seized the sealed wheat bags of the food department.
The businessman’s name is Ataur Rahman. His home is in Rasulpur Dighipara mahalla of Kankonhat municipality in Godagari, Rajshahi. Police arrested him from Naogaon last Wednesday.
According to police sources, police seized 400 sacks of wheat from the front of the businessman’s house around 9 pm on May 8. The sacks of wheat were loaded onto four trolleys and prepared for storage. Locals became suspicious when they saw a sack of wheat sealed by the Food Department. Later they called the police. Police arrived at the scene and found the lock on the businessman’s house. The police repeatedly called the businessman’s mobile phone to talk about the matter but he did not answer.
On the night of May 7, his relatives spoke to the police on behalf of businessman Ataur Rahman. They said that this wheat belonged to Ataur Rahman but they could not show any proof of where the wheat was bought from. Each sack bears the seal of the Food Department. The police are confused as to whether the wheat is bought from the food department or from outside. Unable to contact the trader, the police put another lock on the lock of his food warehouse. The sacks of wheat are currently kept at the Kankanhat Investigation Center
Police sources further said that each bag contains 50 kg of wheat. The total weight of wheat is 20,000 kg or 20 metric tons. He has his own food warehouse next to the house of businessman Ataur Rahman. The police locked it. On the afternoon of May 9, a case was filed against 15 unidentified persons including the businessman at Godagari police station. Shahjahan Siraj, sub-inspector of the Kankanhat police investigation center in Godagari, filed the case.
A police source said police arrested him from Raghunathpur village in Shibpur union of Naogaon Sadar police station on Wednesday morning after the case was registered. A cardholder farmer can deliver up to three tons of wheat to a government food warehouse. No trader has this opportunity. So businessman Ataur Rahman gave 500 rupees to each farmer in return for using the farmer’s agricultural card. After the wheat money was deposited in the farmer’s bank, the farmer withdrew the money from the bank and gave it to the trader. On the day of the incident, 20 tons of wheat was lifted in a trolley for the same purpose.
Mahmudul Hasan, in-charge of Kankanhat police investigation center, said Ataur Rahman was handed over to the court on Thursday. He will be produced in court and remanded for seven days. Following the legal process for remand.