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    Salman Shah death: Two decades on, the plot thickens

    Ajker Ograbani Desk | 07 August 2017 | 7:45 pm

    Salman Shah death: Two decades on, the plot thickens

    Rabeya Sultana Ruby, one of the 11 accused in the case by the slain actor’s family, claims her brother committed the crime at the behest of her Chinese husband.

    Rabeya Sultana Ruby, one of the 11 accused in the case by the slain actor’s family, claims her brother committed the crime at the behest of her Chinese husband.

    The mystery over Salman Shah’s death two decades ago has taken a new turn as one of the suspects has posted a video on the internet claiming that the actor did not kill himself, but was murdered.

    On Sep 6, 1996, Salman, whose real name was Shahriar Chowdhury Emon, was found dead in his Dhaka apartment.

    Police had filed a case of unnatural death considering it a suicide, but the film star’s family objected to it and lodged a murder case.

    Salman’s father Kamar Uddin had started the case, but after his death, mother Neela Chowdhury emerged as the plaintiff.

    She had pressed a petition in the court rejecting the investigation report, which said the actor had committed suicide.

    In December last year, a Dhaka court ordered the Police Investigation Bureau to launch a fresh investigation into the death.

    On Monday, Rabeya Sultana Ruby, one of the 11 accused in the case, said on a video message that the actor was murdered and blamed it on the family of the slain actor’s wife Samira Chowdhury.

    “Salman Shah did not kill himself. He was murdered.”

    Ruby, now living in the US, alleged that her brother was part of the ‘plot’ and committed the crime at the behest of her Chinese husband Chang Ling Chang and Samira’s family.

    Police said Ruby lived in another apartment in the same building then and was the actor’s personal stylist. According to case documents, she was on the scene when the police recovered the body.

    Ruby said in the video that her husband was also known as John Chang in Dhaka and ran the ‘Shanghai Restaurant’ on Dhanmondi Road No. 27.

    She claimed her brother Rumi was also murdered after the killing. “I don’t know where he is buried, but if the body is exhumed and an autopsy is done then it would be clear that he was strangled.”

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