A woman has become the latest member of a British family of five on holiday in Bangladesh to die from suspected poisoning.
Samira Islam, 20, died on Friday after being discovered unconscious in a locked room by police officers on July 26. His father, Rafiqul Islam, 51, a taxi driver, and his 16-year-old son, Mahiqul, also died in the rented apartment in the eastern town of Sylhet.
Samira Islam’s mother, Husnara, 45, and eldest son, Sadiqul, 24, were being treated in hospital and are said to be recovering well. They have since been released from hospital, a source told the BBC.
The family, from the Riverside area of Cardiff, were on vacation for two months to visit relatives in the country. After having dinner on Monday July 25, the family were found unconscious the next day by relatives who raised the alarm after hearing noises coming from the apartment and unsuccessfully trying to open the door.
“Our main suspicion is that they were poisoned,” Superintendent Farid Uddin said, adding that all family members had slept in the same room, the doors were locked and there were no signs. break-in.
Samira was previously in critical condition and on life support in hospital. Police said they took samples to be examined in a laboratory to better understand the cause of death.
“Our investigators are talking with the relatives of the victims. So far we don’t think they have any hostility towards anyone,” Uddin said.
Masudul Amin, the investigator, said: “We are also speaking with relatives who were in the apartment and other residents of the building. No one has been detained or arrested in this murder.
Those who knew the family in Cardiff were shocked and in disbelief after the news.
Muhibur Islam, an official at the Jalalia Mosque and Islamic Education Center, has known the family for many years. He described them as highly regarded in Riverside, the center of Cardiff’s Bangladeshi community.
“It’s very terrible,” Islam said. “It’s very tragic, difficult to understand.”
Islam said Rafiqul Islam’s mother and two siblings flew to Bangladesh. “The circumstances are unclear. We are praying for those who survived to make it,” he added. “We are praying for all of them.”
The family were described as ‘calm’ and ‘kind’ and told to ‘do their own thing’ by a neighbor who has lived near them for over 25 years and asked to remain anonymous.
Kanaya Singh, a Labor councilor from Riverside, said everyone in the community he spoke to spoke highly of family.
“There is also a lot of concern as many people from Riverside regularly travel to Bangladesh. I hope the authorities will be able to clear up this matter as soon as possible. »
On July 28, hundreds of people lined the streets of Sylhet for the funerals of Rafiqul and Mahiqul, according to the BBC.