Drug rehab centre turns jail!

Mahabub Alam

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Centre owner ‘kidnaps’ man, keeps him confined to centre for months

A gang in police uniform led by the owner of a drug rehabilitation centre in Tongi of Gazipur abducted a man in August last year and kept the victim confined to the centre for 85 days.

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) rescued the victim, Anwar Hossain, from New Life Drug Rehabilitation Centre recently and arrested Kamruzzaman alias Rayhan, the owner of the centre, said PBI Dhaka Metro South Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Shahadat Hossain.

Anwar is now undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

The police officer believes that such crime might have been committed earlier.

“It is a new dimension of crime. The rehabilitation centres should be kept under surveillance,” he said.

According to the SP, on August 24 last year, the victim went missing after he left his residence in Gandaria of the capital.

Two days later, a man called her wife using Imo number and demanded a ransom of Tk 3600,000. Afterwards, she filed a case at Gandaria Police Station. Sub-Inspector of the PBI Dhaka Metro South Sadekur Rahman investigated the incident.  With the help of technological support, police managed to know the victim’s whereabouts and rescued him.

On the day of incident, four to five men led by Kamruzzaman came to the victim at his (victim) brother’s shop on Asadullah Matubbar Road in Cherag Ali of Tongi around 10:00 am and picked him up in a black microbus, bringing an allegation that he was a militant.

They took the victim to the centre and shaved his head and beard and tortured him mercilessly.

Amir Hossain and Khokon, brothers of the victim, his (victim) former wife Sheuly Akhter and a certain Mashiur Jaman ‘hired the criminals to commit the crime’.

Anwar had feud with his two brothers over share of their seven-storey building on 61 Asadullah Matubbar Road.

His former wife Sheuly wanted to take revenge on him, as he divorced her for her alleged extra-marital affair. And the victim did not get on well with Jaman. 

On the day of the incident, Amir Hossain called the victim to Tongi from Gandaria saying they will discuss the share of the residence and shops. 

Police arrested most of the accused and recovered the microbus which was used to kidnap Anwar.

SP Shahadat said that they would submit a charge sheet soon.