A North South University (NSU) student, who went missing last December, has returned home after 10 months.
Safayet Hossain returned home on early September 22, said his family.
On December 1, 2016, Safayet went missing along with three other youths – Zayen Hossain Khan Pavel, Sujon and Mehedi Hawlader — from Banani. Of them, childhood friends Safayet and Pavel are students of NSU in Dhaka.
However, the other three returned home earlier.
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Quoting Safayet, his father Ali Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune: “Some unknown people blindfolded my son and left him at Gabtoli around 12:30am on Friday.
“From there, he took an auto-rickshaw back home.”
Ali said: “My son was kept in a dark room with his hands and legs tied up all the time. They only untied his hands for eating. They also never took him out of that room nor did they torture him.”
“Safayet is still traumatised. He’s not talking much now,” he added.
Stressing that his son is not a militant, Ali said: “Many people claimed that my son might have disappeared because he was involved in militancy but I didn’t lose my faith in him.”
He said local police have been informed about Safayet’s return and the family has also withdrawn the general dairy.
This correspondent on Sunday afternoon went to the family’s home at the capital’s Banani to try and talk to Safayet about his experience of the last 10 months in captivity.
But Ali Hossain said his son was sick and sleeping and would not be able to talk. “Since his return, he only told us about having incessant headaches and asked us not to ask any questions about his time in captivity. We haven’t.”
“Safayet is very weak physically and we also saw some minor bruises on his waist,” he added.
“It is as if he has been given a new life,” said Ali, delighted by his only son’s safe return.
He said that they had not received any ransom note after Safayet was reportedly kidnapped, which also made their search for Safayet in past 10 months futile.
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Safayet, Pavel, Sujon, and Mehedi, all aged between 22 and 25, had gone missing since December 1 evening from Banani. They were last seen that day at a restaurant next to a Northern University campus there.
Police and family members said Safayet and Pavel were the first ones to go to that restaurant where Sujon and Mehedi joined them later. After they left the restaurant, all of them were reportedly whisked away by the kidnappers in a microbus.
Sujon, who works at a private firm, is Pavel’s neighbour. Mehedi, who hails from Barisal, is Sujon’s friend.
None of the families had received any ransom demand after the four went missing.
Banani police, however, expressed suspicion over the disappearance of the four. They said the investigation into the incident is still underway and they are yet to find any connection between the four youths and any kind of militant activities.