3 youths go missing being picked up by ‘detectives’

Staff Correspondent . Khulna

Three youths went missing after being picked up reportedly by the Detective Branch of police in plain clothes in Khulna on May 12.
The families sought home minister’s intervention saying that he should ask the law enforcers to produce the youths before the court and disclose the grounds for their arrests without any warrant.
Eight people in plain clothes, identifying them as detective of Khulna Metropolitan Police, picked up electrician Monirul Islam, 28, of Boyra Central Stores Department warehouse, Md Abdullah AL Sayem Turjo, 25 of Harintana Orphanage and Shoaibur Rahman, 29, a teacher of Bismillah Nagar madrassah on May 12, said the families and witnesses.
The people picked up Monirul Islam and Shoaibur Rahman at Khalishpur and Abdullah AL Sayem Turjo at Harintana in the city and went away in white microbus, the witnesses said.
On May 13, two general diaries were filed with Khalishpur police station for the abduction of Monirul and Shoaibur while a case was filed with Haritana police station for the abduction of Abdullah.
Electrician Maksudur Rahman stated in his general diary that eight men, who identified them as members of the Detective Branch, picked up his son Monirul without showing any reason. Each of the plain-clothes men was carrying pistol while two of them were carrying wireless sets, Maksudur stated.
Monirul’s mother Khadija Begum said that they were yet to know the whereabouts of Monirul.
Khalishpur Baitun Najat Jame Mosque imam Abdus Sattar filed the other general diary stating that his son Shoaibur went missing being picked up by eights detectives.
‘My husband is innocent and was never involved in political activities,’ said Shoaibur’s wife Farzana Sultana.
Abdullah’s father Shahidul Islam filed the case stating that his son was beaten up and forced into a white microbus by the plain-clothes men.
Khalishpur police officers-in-charge Amir Taimur Ili and Labonchora police officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman said that investigations were on to trace out the three missing youths.
Khulna Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner (Detective Branch) Md Kamrul Islam denied that the three youths were picked up by detectives. ‘We are trying to find out the missing youths,’ he said.
Leaders of the ruling Awami League in Khulna issued a statement on Tuesday expressing concern saying that the youths went missing after being picked up by detectives. They demanded that police must find them out immediately.
The statement was signed by lawmakers Begum Mannujan Sufian, Talukder Abdul Khaleque, also Khulna city AL president, Mizanur Rahman, also city AL general secretary, and Mostafa Rashidi Shuja, also district AL general secretary, and Khulna Zila Parishad Sheikh Harun-ar-Rashid, also district AL president.

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