Multiple reasons for people going missing: police

Mahabub Alam

16 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

People either do not know if they would be abducted or sometimes vanish suddenly for personal reasons, with sociologists saying that such incidents accompany a country’s flourishing economy.

Whatever may be the reason, when a person is untraced many report it to the police, while others keep mum for reasons they know best.

A number of people, including infants, went missing since January this year from various parts of the country.

This correspondent investigated a number of missing or possible abduction cases. There were no such incidents linked to politics as the opposition claim, but more identified with family or business issues.

According to Police Headquarters statistics, 46 kidnapping cases were registered in various police stations of the country in January with burgeoning population of 18 million people. The figures for February and March were not available. In 2018, police recorded 444 kidnapping cases, and 509 in 2017.

Superintendent of Police (media) of Police Headquarters Mohammad Kamruzzaman told the daily sun that kidnappings were nothing new and they were trying to curb crime, which would also bring down such cases. “It is a social curse. It cannot be stopped, but can be controlled,” he said. This correspondent traced the background of some of the recent incidents of kidnapping.

In one case, Abul Kalam Azad,38, who works in Saudi Arabi went missing when he went to a Rupali Bank branch at Dhamrai on March 10. His brother,

Kamal, filed a general diary with the police. It appeared that there was possibly a financial dispute with one his friends.

Kamal told the daily sun on Tuesday that his brother opened an account with the bank and was depositing money in the account from Saudi for the last 10 years. “Maybe he opened the account with another man’s name, which was unknown

to us. He has been trying to withdraw the money for the last few months.”

“On the day of the incident, he left the house and came to the bank. We confirmed after seeing the CCTV footage of the bank.”

He said, “As per CCTV footage, it was found that my brother was standing in a queue in front of the cash counter, but there was another man who received the money and put it in a bag. My brother left the bank with two other men … since then he has remained missing.”

Mohammad Alam Chad, officer-in-charge of Nagarpur Police Station, said, “I am not aware whether any GD was filed in my police station on the missing man.”

Ripa Begum,38, a resident of Sunamganj municipality and a money lender, remained missing since February 13.

Her brother Mostaq Hossain filed a general diary with Sadar Model Police Station on February 16.

Mostaq said after the missing of his sister, they got a notebook that stated she lent Tk 68 lakh to various people. He suspected somebody kidnapped her regarding lending money.

Shahidullah, officer-in-charge of the police station, said that they tried to find out Ripa, but failed. “The matter seems to be complex. We are trying our best to know her whereabouts,” he said.

Halima Akter, 18-month old female child, was found dead at Bahadurgarh of Brahmanbaria on February 2 hours after she went missing from their house.

Halima Akter is the daughter of Amir Hossain and Khadiza Akter. Police said she was strangled to death in a preplanned way.

The above mentioned kidnapped people have no political identities. Many times, the people with political identities got kidnapped and the opposition political parties blamed the government and law enforcing agencies for the forced missing.

The political men either get missing willingly or their political rivals remain behind the abduction.

Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general (media) of Police Headquarters, said that police always work professionally.