Islamic preacher Abu Twa-haa Muhammad Adnan along with his three companions had been in hiding for personal reasons, police said on Friday afternoon, hours after he was detained from his father-in-law’s house in Rangpur following his return.
Abu Maruf Hossain, deputy commissioner (Detective Branch) of Rangpur Metropolitan Police, came up with the claim at a press briefing in Rangpur.
He said two general diaries (GDs) were lodged in connection with the missing of Adnan and his three companions -- Abdul Muhit, Mohammad Firoz and Amir Uddin Foyez.
After that, police started searching for them and came to know on Friday that Adnan was staying in the house of his father-in-law (first wife’s father) in Rangpur city, Maruf said, adding that police detained him from the house and later brought to the DB office. He said on the day of incident, they went to Dhaka from Rangpur. After that, they came to Gaibandha. “They went to the house of Adnan’s friend at Trimatha in the district and hid there for personal reasons,” he said without specifying the reasons.
The police official said one of his companions -- Foyez -- was also brought to the DB office.
Earlier in the day, Rajib Basunia, inspector (Investigation) of Kotwali Police Station under Rangpur Metropolitan Police, told the Daily Sun that missing young Islamic preacher Adnan along with his three companions returned home.
After his return, police detained Adnan from his father-in-law’s house and took him under their custody for interrogation, he said.
Adnan returned home around 2:00pm, said his brother-in-law Mohammad Hanif.
Officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Abdur Rashid said police found him in his father-in-law's house around 3:00pm.
Adnan along with his companions went missing on June 10 while returning Dhaka from Rangpur.
His wife had been able to last contact him when his location was at Gabtoli in the capital and later mobile phones of Adnan and his companions were found switched off.
At a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the capital on Wednesday, Adnan’s wife Sabikunnar demanded that he be rescued.
Earlier on Monday, she lodged a general diary with Pallabi Police Station in the capital.
Adnan’s mother also filed another GD with Kotwali Police Station in Rangpur in this regard.
The family members had sought intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for his rescue. The issue had also been discussed in Parliament.