No clues to abduction mysteries

Top police, RAB officials in N’ganj withdrawn in the face of protests

Iqbal Mahmud

With the people bewildered by the recent surge in the incidents of abduction, investigators, in most of the cases, are yet to find any clues to the mysteries as most of the victims and the kidnappers remain untraced.
The phenomenon of abduction has taken an alarming turn in recent times as at least 16 people were reportedly kidnapped in just three days since Sunday – seven of them in Narayanganj – and only two of them were abandoned by the kidnappers in Gazipur on Monday night.
In most of the cases the abductors used the same tactics identifying themselves as members of law enforcement agencies.
In separate incidents in Narayanganj, seven people, including Narayanganj city panel mayor Nazrul Islam and the city court senior lawyer Chandan Kumar Sarker were abducted on Sunday by people who identified themselves as members of law enforcement agencies.
Three days have elapsed, but the investigation authorities are yet to find the whereabouts of the victims amid growing anger and desperation among the family members, reported our Narayanganj correspondent.
However, inspector general of police Hassan Mahmood Khandker told New Age that the police were trying their best to tackle such incidents. ‘The law enforcement agencies have successes in rescuing the abducted people. One or two cases are yet to be traced and we hope these cases will be solved soon,’ said the IGP.
Narayanganj City Corporation councillors, lawyers and agitated locals were staging protests against the recent series of abductions demanding rescue of the victims.
The councillors have warned of stronger movement if the police could not immediately rescue the abducted people, including councillor Nazrul.
Locals, associates and relatives of Nazrul blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. They also staged protests at Mauchak in the capital.
Nazrul’s wife Selina Islam alleged that the police did not seem sincere about rescuing her husband and other victims.
Siddhirganj police officer-in-charge Abdul Matin said that 10 teams of police had fanned out in search of the victims.
Amid protests from different quarters in Narayanganj, the home ministry on Tuesday ordered withdrawal of Rapid Action Battalion 11 commanding officer Tareque Sayeed Mohammad and superintendent of police Syed Nurul Islam.
The police headquarters also closed Fatullah police officer-in-charge Akhter Hossain, and Siddhirganj police officer-in-charge Abdul Matin.
‘We have withdrawn the RAB Battalion 11 commanding officer and the SP of Narayanganj,’ state minister for home Asaduzzaman Khan told New Age.
Officials said that the government had also decided to withdraw Narayanganj deputy commissioner Manoj Kanti Baral.  The order was not issued on the day, they added.
Lawyers said that they would continue their protest and work abstention until Chandan was rescued.
In Mymensingh, Kamal Hossain Sabuj, 35, head tutor at a local coaching centre, and his cousin Abu Bakar Siddique Swapan, 28, an assistant tutor at the centre, were abducted by unidentified miscreants from Panchgaon village in Bhaluka upazila early Monday.
Police were yet find their whereabouts despite two days of efforts.
Mustafizur Rahman, assistant superintendent of Gafargaon circle, said that a general diary was filed by the victims’ family with the Bhaluka police who were trying to trace them.
Nur Mohammad, a local leader of Juba League, and his relative Md Salman were abducted on Sunday night from their house at Teknaf by 10-12 armed men who identified themselves as lawmen. The police are yet to find their whereabouts.
Teknaf police OC Ranajit Barua told New Age that they were investigating the case, but could not yet find any clues to the motive for the abductions or trace the victims.
College student Taslima Akhter, 17, remained untraced two days after she was abducted on her way to college in Rangunia of Chittagong.
Hathazari circle ASP Nizamuddin said that the girl might have been abducted over love affair and the police were trying to rescue her.
Fortunately, two brothers in Gazipur’s Kaliakoir area were abandoned on Monday night hours after being abducted.
Police found the two brothers, Kedari Chandra Mandal and Jhilmohan Chandra Mandal , around 9:30pm after they were left in Chandra area of the upazila. It was not yet clear who had abducted them or why.
The investigation of the incident, as usual, did not have further progress.
New Age Bogra corresponded reported that a schoolgirl was abducted by stalkers in Dhunat upazila on Tuesday.
Local miscreant Don Mia and his cohorts used to harass the victim, Tauhida Khatun, 16, a secondary school certificate examinee, said Dhunat police SI Saidul Islam.
The police said that they were trying to rescue the victim.

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