Two boys who died in Brahmanbaria’s Ashuganj a week ago after swallowing paracetamol syrup were poisoned by their mother, authorities claimed after an investigation into the closely-followed case.
According to investigators, the woman laced sweets’ with poison and handed them to the children to ingest.
They went on to say that the homicide was motivated by an adulterous affair.
Lima Begum, the mother of the two murdered boys, was apprehended by police in Durgapur village on Wednesday.
Day laborer Ismail Hossain alias Sujon Khan, the children’s father, has filed a murder complaint against Lima Begum and her boyfriend Shafiullah, according to Brahmanbaria Additional Police Superintendent Molla Mohammad Shaheen.
Lima works in an Ashuganj rice mill and has a relationship with Shafiullah, another employee. According to the SP, they decided to marry.
“Lima executed their plan by feeding poisoned sweets to Yasin and Morsalin. During the interrogation, she admitted to doing it.”
Yasin Khan, seven, and Morsalin Khan, five, died on March 10th. The boys ‘became unwell after eating Napa syrup,’ according to Lima.
Lima informed reporters that she got a bottle of ‘Napa syrup’ from a nearby pharmacy and served it to the kids. After taking the drug, the youngsters began to puke.
According to Lima, the two were taken to Ashuganj Upazila Health Complex before being transferred to the district’s main hospital.
Yasin died about 9 p.m. on the way home from the hospital, while Morsalin died at 10:30 p.m. after arriving home, according to her.
The incident sparked widespread debate across the country. Three investigative panels were formed to look into the deaths: the Directorate General of Health Services, the Directorate General of Drug Administration, and the Brahmanbaria General Hospital authorities.
Following the deaths of Morsalin and Yasin, the DGDA ordered a nationwide investigation of wholesale and retail outlets to collect samples of a specific batch of Napa brand paracetamol syrup for testing.
The Napa syrup that the brothers consumed was also sent to CID for testing.
According to the Directorate General of Drug Administration, no hazardous substances were discovered in the medicine after the test.
The DGDA seized eight bottles of Napa from the store in Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria, where the children’s medicine was purchased, said Major General Mohammad Yousuf, the organization’s director-general, at a press conference on Monday.
Meanwhile, authorities discovered that the family had taken both boys to the Brahmanbaria General Hospital and purchased a ticket for emergency treatment, but that they were not registered with the department.
The family may take the boys away without going to the emergency room because they were afraid of the stomach cleansing procedure, according to hospital officials.
Lima was suspected from the start, according to Additional SP Shaheen.
“She attempted to deflect the investigation by claiming that the boys had a drug response after ingesting Napa syrup. She then admitted to murdering the children.”
The other suspect in the case, Shafiullah, is being sought by police.