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Police inactive to trace victims

Md Esaraf Hossain     11th December, 2017 12:29:48 printer

Police inactive to trace victims

Law enforcement agencies have taken no effective initiative to trace victims of disappearance or abduction, which has thrown their families into sheer panic.


The families alleged that no effective initiative was visible from law enforcement agencies to trace the victims. Police failures have made them concerned about their fate.


In recent past, a number of people, including a former diplomat, a university teacher, a journalist and businessmen, have fallen victim to forced disappearance and abduction in the capital.


Human rights groups said at least 14 persons have become victims of enforced disappearance and abduction in the city in the last several months.


Former diplomat Maroof Zaman, journalist Utpolal Das and university teacher Mobasher Hossain are among the victims.


Law enforcers are yet to find Zaman who went missing on Tuesday, his family said.


“No initiative was yet to be seen from law enforcers to trace out my son,” said Chitta Ranjan Das, father of senior reporter Utpal Das who went missing on October 10.


Law enforcers could not rescue North South University teacher Dr Mobashwer Hossain.


Addressing a press conference last week, the families of ‘abducted’ BJP leader Mithun Chowdhury and his aide Ashik Ghos demanded their early rescue.


In her address, Shima, wife of Mithun, urged the prime minister and the home minister to take steps to find out her husband.


Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Huq told reporters said law enforcers are working to find out the missing persons, including Utpal Das and Dr Mohashwer.


In many cases, abductors set free victims after receiving a handsome amount of money as ransom.


Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) says as many as 519 people have fallen prey to forced disappearances between 2010 and July 2017 in the country. Some 329 are still missing.


Many family members of such victims pointed fingers at law enforcement agencies for their failure to trace them.


Many of the missing people returned to their families while some victims were found dead. Many were shown arrested in different cases.


Shahriar Kabir, son of missing BNP leader Humayun Parvez, says, "If anyone's father dies, they can go to the grave for prayer. But I don't know whether my father is dead or alive."


“There has been no progress in the case filed about four years ago in connection with my father’s disappearance,” said Saiful Islam.


Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Chairman Ahsan Habib Linkon and secretary general Md Monjur Hossain Isha expressed deep concerns over the frequent incidents of missing or abduction.


Victims’ families alleged that in most cases, law enforcers were involved in these incidents, they said.