Was Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim Anar honey-trapped before gruesome murder? Police reveal chilling details

The West Bengal CID detained a person in the murder of Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim Anar. The police suspect he was lured into a flat by a woman and killed by contract killers. The murderers mutilated the body and mixed it with turmeric powder to delay decomposition.

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Updated24 May 2024
Bangladesh Awami League MP Md. Anwarul Azim
Bangladesh Awami League MP Md. Anwarul Azim

The West Bengal CID on Thursday evening detained one person for his alleged involvement in the murder of Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim Anar, reported news agency PTI. The detainee is a resident of an area in West Bengal close to the international border with Bangladesh. 

Authorities revealed that the detained individual had met one of the main suspects in the murder case, prompting further investigation aims to uncover the purpose and context of their meeting.

In a new development in the case, the police now suspect that the Bangladesh MP could have been lured into a New Town flat by a woman before being murdered by contract killers. 

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Here are the details revealed by the police on the case

The police, speaking on the case, said, “Investigation indicated that the Bangladeshi parliamentarian fell into a honey trap laid by a woman who was also close to the victim's friend. It seems that Anar was lured into the New Town flat by the woman. We suspect he was murdered soon after he went to the flat," quoted PTI.

The senior police officer added that CCTV footage, which showed Anar entering the flat with a man and a woman, is now being examined by the CID.

The officer said, “In the CCTV footage, the politician was seen entering the flat with the two persons. The duo was later seen coming out and again re-entering the flat the next day, but the MP was not seen again.”

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The police, calling it a well-planned murder, said, “A huge amount of money, around 5 crore, was paid by an old friend of the MP to the contract killers to execute the crime.” 

During the investigation, CID found blood stains inside the New Town flat and also recovered several plastic bags, which they believe were used to dump the body parts.

Circumstantial evidence indicated that the MP was first strangulated, and then his body was cut into several pieces, police claimed.  

“We suspect that after killing Anar, the murderers mutilated the body, segregated the flesh from the bones and mixed those with turmeric powder to delay decomposition,” said the senior police officer.

“Then the body parts were probably put inside plastic bags as well as in the trolley bag and scattered at different locations. We also suspect that some parts were kept in a refrigerator, and we have collected samples,” said the officer, adding that a search for the body parts was underway.

Messages were also sent from his mobile phone to a few of his contacts, asking them “not to contact him as he was travelling to Delhi”. 

“It seems these messages were sent from the MP's mobile phone to confuse his family members and friends and prevent them from launching a search for him... there is a possibility that these messages were sent after his murder,” he said.

Details on the missing complaint filed

The Bangladesh MP had reportedly arrived in Kolkata on May 12 to undergo medical treatment. The search for him began after Gopal Biswas, his acquaintance, a resident of Baranagar in north Kolkata, filed a complaint with the local police on May 18. 

Anar was staying at Biswas's house. According to Biswas's complaint, Anar left the Baranagar residence for a doctor's appointment on the afternoon of May 13, saying he would return for dinner. However, the MP became unreachable, and on May 17, Biswas filed a missing person report the following day.

Anwarul Azim Anar was a lawmaker from the ruling party Awami League and represented the Jhenaidah-4 constituency in Bangladesh. Earlier, on Wednesday, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that authorities found the MP who went missing in Kolkata on May 13 murdered, and they have arrested three Bangladeshis in connection with his murder.

(With inputs from PTI)

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