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Chinese citizen found dead in Jessore, murder suspected

A Chinese citizen has been ‘beaten and strangled to death’ in Jessore, say police.

Two persons, including an employee of the victim, have been arrested for their suspected involvement.

Chinese national Chang Hee Seong, 45, has been living in Bangladesh for the last five years, said Jessore police chief Anisur Rahman.

He ran a business of importing spare parts for battery-powered three-wheeler vehicles.

The body was recovered on Thursday from the ground-floor of a building, which was used as a warehouse for the Chinese products Chang was trading in, said Superintendent of Police Rahman.

Chang’s employee and interpreter Nazmul Hasan, 22, and his nephew Muktadir Rahman Raju have been arrested for their suspected involvement. The two hail from Netrokona.

Police said that Chang was beaten up and then strangled to death.

“The Chinese businessman has been beaten and strangled. The two arrested confessed during initial interrogation that they had committed the murder around 11am on Wednesday for money,” said Special Branch Inspector Rafiqul Islam.

The landlord of the building, where the body was found, said the ground floor was rented out to Chang about seven months ago for use as a warehouse.

Chang, who has a residence in Dhaka, would often visit Jessore for his business. He used to stay in a building on the city’s Jail Road.

Inspector Islam said Nazmul informed Chang’s wife, who was in Dhaka, over phone Wednesday night that her husband was missing.

She then informed the matter to the Chinese embassy in Dhaka and left for Jessore at night.

The embassy informed police in Dhaka, which then reached out to Jessore. Chang’s body was discovered around 9:30am on Thursday.

“The two arrested confessed to the murder. There are blood stains on their clothes as well,” said Special Branch officer Islam.

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