Family members of 12 students on Sunday demanded release of their children from ‘the custody of police’ which are alleged to pick them up in the city’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5.
They also urged law enforcers to bring their children to court if they are accused of any crimes.Addressing a press conference at Crime Reporters’ Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) in the capital’s Segun Bagicha area, parents and guardians told journalists that policemen ‘nabbed’ their 12 children in the two areas during a raid.
According to the statement of the guardians, the 12 detained students are university admission seekers Al Amin and Jahirul Islam Hasib, 2nd year student of Bangladesh Textile University Mujahidul Islam, 4th year student of Government Titumir College Jahangir Alam, Tangail Government Sadat College Honours-appeared student Saifullah Bin Mansur, Mirpur SAIK Medical Institute student Gazi M Burhan Uddin and Dhaka Polytechnic Institute students—Tarek Aziz, Mahfuz, Raihanul Abedin, Iftekhar Alam, Mehedi Hasan Rajib and another Tarek Aziz.
They said that law enforcers were supposed to bring the students before a court on September 7, but they did not do so.
Mansur Rahman, father of Saifullah Bin Mansur, alleged that a police team carried out the raid and detained a number of students including the 12.
Of the detainees, some students, including one Sifat, were released from the office of Detective Branch (DB) of Police, but the remaining 12 were not freed from the ‘DB custody’, said Mansur.
The arrestees were subjected to ‘torture’ in the DB office, Mansur quoted Sifat as saying.“We are deeply concerned about it as law enforcers denied having arrested the students,” he said.
The families also urged human rights organisations, including National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), to voice their alarm at the incident.
Enamul Hoque, the father of another victim Jahirul Islam Hasib, said Hasib was staying in Feni during road safety movement. “He came to Dhaka on September 5 and detectives detained him on the same night.”
Among others, Rashed Alam, elder brother of Iftekhar Alam, Rafiqueuddin, the father of Raihanul Abedin, were also present at the press conference.