Popular actor Salman was not murdered, but committed suicide, Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has said in a report.
PBI chief Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Banaj Kumar Majumder disclosed the findings of the probe report during a media briefing at the PBI headquarters in Dhaka's Dhanmondi on Monday (Feb 24).
“Salman was self-destructive, used to write letters in blood, took excessive amount of pills, and also drank savlon, which contributed to his eventual suicide,” said the PBI chief.
He added: “The actor’s [Salman’s] closeness with fellow actor Shabnur was also a contributing factor in his suicide, something that she has vehemently denied during the PBI investigation, claiming their relationship was strictly professional.”
PBI recorded depositions of 44 people during investigation.
On Sept 6, 1996, Salman's body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Eskaton residence in Dhaka.
His father Kamaruddin Chowdhury filed an unnatural death case with Ramna police. Later, Kamaruddin applied to turn it into a murder case alleging that his son was murdered.
After completing the investigation on Nov 3, 1997, CID submitted a final report before the court stating that Salman had committed suicide.
Later, Salman’s father filed a revision case against the report. Following the case on May 19, 2003, a Dhaka court was directed to conduct a judicial probe into the case.
Finally, on Aug 3, 2014, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Emdadul Haque submitted a judicial probe report before the court stating that he found no evidence of the actor being killed and opined that Salman had committed suicide.
On Jul 9, 2014, the court submitted the probe report where the magistrate said he found no evidence of the actor being killed and opined that Salman Shah committed suicide.
Salman's mother has always insisted her son was murdered.