Model Tinni murder: Father gives testimony...

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Model Tinni murder: Father gives testimony

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:21 PM, 5 January 2022   Updated: 03:21 PM, 5 January 2022

Slain model, actress Syeda Tania Mahbub Tinni; File Photo

Slain model, actress Syeda Tania Mahbub Tinni; File Photo

Syed Mahbubul Karim, the father of slain model, actress Syeda Tania Mahbub Tinni, has testified in the court in a murder case of Tinni filed 19 years ago.

He testified in the court of Dhaka’s 7th Additional District Sessions Judge Keshab Roy Chowdhury on Wednesday.

State Prosecutor Bhola Nath Dutt confirmed the matter.

Earlier, Tinni’s father Syed Mahbubul Karim and uncle Syed Rezaul Karim appeared in court to testify. Witness Mahbubul Karim’s testimony ended. After the witness Rezaul Karim’s testimony was over, he fell ill. At this time, the state appealed for time. The court granted the petition and fixed February 23.

Earlier, the same court was set to deliver the verdict on October 26 last year, but it deferred to November 15 saying that the judgment on the case was not ready.

The main accused in the case is former MP Golam Faruq Ovi. In July 2010, the court indicted Ovi with the murder.

On November 10, 2002, Tinni’s body was found under China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge over the Buriganga River and a case was filed with Keraniganj police station the same day by the then SI Md. Shafi Uddin. The then SI of the police station Md. Qayyum Ali Sardar was the first investigation officer in the case. 

When the picture of Tinni’s body was published in the newspaper, a relative named Sujan identified her body as model Tinni. The case was later handed over to the CID on November 24, 2002. The then CID inspector Fazlur Rahman was given the responsibility of the investigation.

Later, CID Inspector Sujaul Haque, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Golam Mostafa, ASP Arman Ali, ASP Kamal Krishna Bharadwaj and ASP Mozammel Haque took charge of the investigation. The latest investigation officer Mozammel Haque filed the chargesheet in court.

41 people were named as witnesses in the chargesheet in the Tinni murder case. Besides, 22 clues were seized in this case. 

Following the incident, police arrested Tinni’s former husband Shafakat Ahmed Pial and four others — Swapan Gazi, Gazi Sharifullah Tapan, Shafiqul Islam Jewel and Somnath Saha Bappy.

However, when the Criminal Investigation Department pressed charge against Ovi in November 2008, it dropped Pial and the others.

Meanwhile, Tinni’s uncle Syed Rezaul Karim filed a GD of a missing person with the Keraniganj police station. ASI Md. Shafi Uddin filed a murder case with the same police station, after a day of recovering the body of Tinni.

Investigators said Ovi killed Tinni to hide his “illicit relationship” with her under wraps. According to the chargesheet, Ovi murdered her when she became persistent in her demand to give her social recognition through marriage.

Soon after the murder, Ovi moved to Canada after securing bail and challenging a 1992 trial court verdict, which sentenced him to 17 years in jail in an arms case, says the chargesheet filed with the court.

The International Police Organization (Interpol) issued a red notice in 2007 against Golam Faruq Ovi, accused in the sensational Tinni murder case. However, even after 14 long years, Interpol could not inform the Bangladesh Police Headquarters about his whereabouts. The latest re-petition on January 1, 2017, Interpol issued a red notice agasint Ovi on February 2 of the same year which will remain in force until 2022.