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Salman Shah committed suicide

Concludes PBI probe
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Salman Shah committed suicide

After 24 years, law enforcers have submitted probe report on the death of iconic actor Salman Shah and concluded that he died by suicide in 1996, not murdered. Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) yesterday revealed the findings of Salman’s death and mentioned five reasons behind his suicide. Banaj Kumar Majumder, deputy inspector general (DIG) and the chief of PIB, disclosed the findings of the probe report during a press briefing at the PBI headquarters in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.

“Salman was self-destructive, used to write letters in blood, took excessive amount of pills, and also drank ‘savlon’, which contributed to his eventual suicide,” said Banaj Kumar Majumder.

The PBI chief mentioned that the loving relationship with another film star Shabnur led to a familial dispute. He also suffered mental pressure as he was staying away from his mother due to his wife Samira. All these things made Salman to take this destructive decision.

He further said, “On 2016, PBI started investigation of Salman’s death. It took a long time to get proper statements of everyone involved in the case. PBI interrogated 44 people, including Salman’s former wife Samira. There are several other witnesses. A fan has been seized as a fresh cache. It is believed that Salman committed suicide by hanging with the fan.”

“However, the court recorded statements of 10 of them. PBI prepared a 600-page dossier based on its investigation and will submit the report to the court on Tuesday (today),” he added.

A statement signed by Bashir Ahmed, special police superintendent of PBI, mentioned five reasons behind his death.

The reasons were — his closeness with his fellow actor Shabnur led to a familial dispute, his conjugal life was not smooth, he was excessively emotional, his love for his mother was too much which made him more presumptuous in his relations, and having no children was also a major factor.

“The PBI reached the conclusion considering the statements of all people and all testimonies during the investigation. No proof was found to substantiate that he was killed,” said the PBI official.

On September 6, 1996, Salman’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Eskaton residence in Dhaka. The whole country was shocked upon hearing the news of his untimely death.

His father Kamaruddin Chowdhury filed an unnatural death case with Ramna Police Station. Later, Kamaruddin applied to turn it into a murder case alleging that his son was murdered.

After completing the investigation on November 3, 1997, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted a final report to the court concerned, stating that Salman had committed suicide.Later, Kamaruddin filed a revision case against the report. Following the case, on May 19, 2003, a Dhaka court was directed to conduct a judicial probe into the case.

On August 3, 2014, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Emdadul Haque submitted a judicial probe report to the court, saying that he found no evidence of the actor being killed and opined that Salman had committed suicide.

On February 10, 2015, the court ordered Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to look into the case after hearing a naraji (discontent) petition filed by Salman’s mother Nilufar against the judicial probe.

On February 9, 2017, at a press conference Nilufar claimed that Salman Shah did not commit suicide. It was a pre-meditated murder. His killers are still active to hide the incident.

Detectives, CID and the judicial magistrate – all were complicit in hiding the investigation report, she alleged.

Finally, on December 6 last year, another Dhaka court directed the PBI to probe deep into the case following a no-confidence petition filed by Nilufar.

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