32-year-old woman TV journalist hacked to death in Bangladesh; family suspects ex-husband, father-in-law

Dhaka: A woman journalist for a television channel in Bangladesh has been hacked to death with a sharp-edged weapon by some unidentified assailants at her home, media reports said on Wednesday.

Subarna Akter Nodi, 32, was a correspondent of private news channel Ananda TV and also worked for the Daily Jagroto Bangla newspaper, bdnews24.com reported. She lived in Radhanagar area of Pabna district, some 150 kms from here.

File image of Subarna Akter Nodi Courtesy: Shobarna Nodi/Facebook

File image of Subarna Akter Nodi Courtesy: Shobarna Nodi/Facebook

Nodi, who is survived by a nine-year-old daughter, was awaiting divorce from her husband, the report said. The assailants, said to be around 10 to 12, came riding motorcycles and rang the doorbell of her house at around 10.45 pm on Wednesday, it said. When she answered the door, they indiscriminately hacked her and fled the spot, Pabna Additional Superintendent of Police Ibne Mizan said.

The assailants used a sharp-edged weapon to attack her, police said. Some locals rushed her to hospital where she was declared brought dead. Police have launched several teams to nab the culprits, Additional SP Gautam Kumar Biswas said. Journalists in Pabna have condemned the killing and demanded that the murderers be immediately brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the family of Nodi said that they suspect her former husband Rajib Hossain, and father-in-law Abul Hossain are behind the killing, Dhaka Tribune reported. Her mother claimed that her daughter had named her ex-husband as one of the attackers before she died.

Nodi had sued Rajib in a dowry case. Her elder sister Champa Begum was scheduled to testify before the court in the case on Wednesday, the report said. Champa claimed that Rajib and his associates had verbally abused her on the court premises before the hearing, the report added.

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Updated Date: Aug 30, 2018 08:26:02 IST

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