Bangladesh arrests prime suspect in boy's lynching

2015-07-15 14:31
Bangladeshi protesters carry a banner during a demonstration against the lynching of a 13-year-old boy in Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman, AFP)

Bangladeshi protesters carry a banner during a demonstration against the lynching of a 13-year-old boy in Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Wednesday they had arrested the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a 13-year-old boy that provoked public outrage after video footage of the killing went viral.

Authorities said they arrested Moyna Chowkidar, aged 38, on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Sylhet on Tuesday night, after receiving a tip-off from local residents.

Television footage showed hundreds of people celebrating and shouting "hang him!" as a handcuffed Moyna was taken away in a police van.

"Moyna is the prime accused in the murder of Samiul [Alam Rajon]. He caught the boy and brought him to other culprits," local police chief Akhter Hossain told AFP.

He is the seventh person to be arrested over the July 8 killing of the boy, who was tied to a pole and then subjected to a brutal assault in which he pleaded for his life.

One arrest was made in Saudi Arabia after officials received a tip from members of the large Bangladeshi expat community in the country.

Stealing a bicycle

The 28-minute video of Samiul, which was widely circulated after being posted on social media, has prompted deep soul-searching among Bangladeshis as well as a series of protests.

Thousands of people demonstrated in Samiul's home city of Sylhet on Tuesday and in a dozen other cities and towns including in the capital demanding that the killers be sent to the gallows.

Samiul was accused by his attackers of stealing a bicycle, although his family says he was innocent.

Police said their investigation had found "no evidence of theft".

"The accusation was baseless. He did not steal anything," Hossain said.

In the video, the terrified youngster can be heard screaming in pain and repeating: "Please don't beat me like this, I will die."

At one stage he is told to walk away. But as he tries to get to his feet, one of the attackers shouts: "His bones are okay. Beat him some more."

An autopsy found 64 separate injuries had been inflicted on the teenager.

Read more on:    bangladesh

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.