Raima Islam Shimu, Bangladeshi actor who reportedly went missing earlier this week, was found dead, reports said Tuesday. Her body was recovered from a sack in Keraniganj, Dhaka and reportedly bore several injuries. Police suspect Shimu was murdered over the weekend and dumped near the bridge she was found.
The husband of the deceased, Shakhawat Ali Noble, was taken into police custody after her body was discovered. Noble’s driver too has been detained. Reports suggest Shimu’s body was sent for autopsy and a case of unnatural death was filed.
Shimu was 45 and had multiple film, theatre and television credits to her name. She made her screen debut in 1998 with Bartaman. She lived in Dhaka with her husband and two children.
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According to local publication The Daily Star, locals found Shimu’s body on January 17 near Hazratpur Bridge. A day prior to the discovery of her body, a general diary was reportedly filed at the local police station by her husband on Sunday, informing authorities that Shimu was missing.
Her family members claim Shimu stepped out on Sunday for a shoot and did not return. Her phone could not be reached as well.
Shimu’s family, as per reports, filed a complaint with the police against Noble and accuse him of playing a role in Shimu’s death. Her brother has further alleged Noble was violent towards her.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an anti-crime unit of the Bangladeshi police, reportedly retrived a vehicle stained with blood from the possession of Noble and his driver.
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Noted Bangladeshi film actor Zayed Khan’s name has cropped up in connection to the case over allegations that he was having a dispute with Shimu.
Khan is the general secretary of the Bangladeshi artists’ film association. Shimu reportedly had a fallout with him after she was one of many artists whose membership in the association was suspended. She had made her anger public through videos on YouTube.
Khan has refuted allegations of any involvement in Shimu’s death and claims he is being framed.