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Concern over 3 disappeared persons grows

Published : Friday, 23 March, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 625

M Maroof Zaman, a former Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar and Vietnam, Momin Mehedi, Chairman of a political party, Natun Dhara Bangladesh, and Ishrak Ahmed Fahim, 19, a student of Computer Science and Engineering in McGill University in Canada are still missing.
According to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) at least 15 people remain missing including businessmen, politicians, students and a former diplomat since last year. Of them, 12 people returned.  
Meanwhile, three people are still missing since then and family members do not know their whereabouts.  
Maroof went missing on the evening of December 4 when he had gone out alone to pick up his daughter Samiha Zaman. Three men, described as tall and well-dressed, visited Maroof's house about 20 minutes later and took away his laptop, home computer, camera, and spare smartphone. They also thoroughly searched his room.
Maroof's phone has been found switched off since. His family filed a general diary with Dhanmondi police the next day.
The family said it had been three days since they had last received any news regarding the case from the law enforcement agencies. They demanded that the highest priority be given to finding him.
Momin Mehedi has reportedly gone missing on March 16.  Santa Farjana wife of the missing teacher filed a general diary with Shahbagh Police Station in connection with the incident.     
A Bangladeshi youth, who is a student of a university in Canada, has remained "traceless" from Dhanmondi of Dhaka area since August 26 night.  Family members suspected Ishrak Ahmed Fahim, 19, a student of Computer Science and Engineering in McGill University, was abducted by some unknown persons when he was returning to his Dhanmondi residence. A missing diary was filed with Dhanmondi Police Station on August 27.
In the absence of her son, Nasrin Akhter is now bed-ridden and anxiously passing her days.  The mother can now only hope that her son, Ishrak Ahmed Fahim, a student of McGill University in Canada, will return soon.
Ishrak's father, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, had asked for help from all- the police, RAB and DB - to find his son. Yet, Ishrak remains traceless.
Ishrak came to Bangladesh more than two months ago and was preparing to return to Canada after Eid on September 3.
Businessman Sajal Chowdhury, who had gone missing one week ago, returned home on Sunday morning, according to his family members.   His mother Delwara Begum alleged a group of 15 to 16 people introducing themselves as members of DB police picked the businessman up from his Bashundhara residence in the capital on March 11.

According to rights body ASK, as many as 540 people have allegedly fallen victim to forced disappearances between 2007 and July 2017 in Bangladesh and an astonishing 347 of them were still missing.

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