Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has alleged that a number of people were attempting to embarrass the government by intentionally going into hiding.
Speaking at the inauguration of the restored Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) building on Wednesday, the minister also expressed his hope that the missing would come back regardless of what happens.
''Our intelligence agencies are working. I always say that there are reasons behind the people going missing,” Kamal said.
“Many are embarrassing us by willingly going into hiding. This becomes difficult for the intelligence agencies to address. Still, I hope we can bring them back.”
Regarding the disappearance of a teacher of North South University, the home minister said he did not have the complete news but was prepared to take action.
“It cannot be that a person will go missing and our law and intelligence agencies will do nothing. Of course we will look into why and how they went missing,” he said.
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The minister added that the murder case of Avijit Roy has made progress as one more person has been arrested. "We have learned a lot about the killing of Avijit. Our detectives are working. Another main accused has been arrested. The arrestees are providing a lot of information. Our detectives will let you know about it sequentially,” he said.
Regarding irregularities and corruption among members of police, the home minister said: "Action is being taken against those on whom we have evidence of irregularities. They are being brought to justice. Regardless of whether the person is a police officer or not, no one is getting away.”
Earlier, as the chief guest at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) conference room, the Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal praised the Bangladeshi media for their coverage on the Rohingya issue.
"The world has come to know about the Rohingya issue because you highlighted it,” he said.
The home minister also praised a journalist for resisting pirates in the Sundarbans.
“Everyone will remember and appreciate your sacrifice and efforts. People respect you,” he said.