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Sunday, May 31, 2015, Jaishtha 17, 1422 BS, Shaban 12, 1436 Hijr

At least 25 school students abducted from Cox's Bazar
Mahabub Alam with Farhad Iqbal from Cox's Bazar
Published : Sunday, 31 May, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 20

Mahabub Alam with Farhad Iqbal from Cox's BazarMore than 25 school students have been abducted by human traffickers from Cox's Bazar alone in recent days.
The students from Class VI to X of Moricha Palong High School at Ukhia Upazila were trafficked to different countries, including Malaysia, claimed guardians.
Of them, three students managed to return home on Thursday by paying a big amount of money to the traffickers as ransom.
The police filed a General Diary (GD) in connection with the abduction but refused to register any case till Friday despite repeated requests of the guardians of the missing students.
Even after registering GD, the police could not arrest anyone involved in the trafficking.
On the other hand, the local people's representatives are hardly found to render assistance to the victims' families.
Many guardians alleged that Bashir Ahmed, son of Abdul Hakim of Paglirbil village, was involved in the trafficking of students. But he has gone into hiding.  
Bashir has a computer compose shop at Moricha Bazar which he was allegedly using to accomplish the inhumane trade, they said.
His job was to develop good relations with students, who visited his shop, and allure them by offering excellent future abroad, they added.
Bashir handed over these students, among others, to the human traffickers, they said.
After the news of the students disappearance came to light, he went into hiding, the guardians said.
A guardian of a missing student has already lodged a case against Bashir.  
Earlier, local Chairman Fazlul Karim Shikdar issued a notice to him in this connection.
Mohammad Elias, an inhabitant of Jambagan area, told the Daily Observer that Bashir allured his son, Manjur Alam, in the name of teaching him computer.
"On March 31, Bashir handed over my child, a student of Class VIII of Moricha Palong High School, to the human traffickers of the Teknaf border area."
"As per demand of the culprits, I paid them Tk 80,000 through bKash by selling a piece of my land but they did not release my son," he said in tears.
Zahirul Islam Khan, Officer-in-Charge of Ukhia Police Station said, "Although I did not file cases on these allegations, I will register cases from now."
The Intelligence Department has recently made a list of 24 former and incumbent police personnel accusing them of involvement in human trafficking in Cox's Bazar.
OC Zahirul is one of them. But he rejected the allegation against him.
Mitra Barua, Headmaster of Moricha Palong High School, admitted that many students from his school were trafficked.
He said, "I gave certificates to the guardians of six students for them to seek legal assistance."
Shaymol Kumar Nath, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Cox's Bazar, said that legal action would be taken against the human traffickers no matter how powerful they may be.

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