A university teacher who is known for his political commentary has reportedly been missing since Tuesday evening.
The missing teacher, Mubashar Hasan, from North South University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences is the founder of alochonaa.com, a politics, culture and IR blog. He wrote on politics, religion, terrorism and media perceptions on the blog and for several national newspapers and online news portals.
On Tuesday night, his father Motaher Hossain filed a general diary (GD) with Khilgaon police.
In the GD he wrote that Dr Mubashar reportedly left home in South Banasree for office around 7am Tuesday morning and did not return home on that day.
Motaher said he last spoke to his son around 4pm Tuesday, whereupon Mubashar told him he would be going to Agargaon to keep an appointment.
Police said yesterday afternoon that there was no trace of the teacher yet, and there were no developments that would leading police to believe this was a kidnapping case.
When contacted, Mubashar's father Motaher said they had filed a GD with the local police station and also informed the Rapid Action Battalion. He said he was waiting for his son to get back.
Mubashar's younger sister Tamanna Tasmim said his brother was not involved in politics and they were from a very simple family, therefore they could not think of anyone to suspect for having a hand in this.
“He generally goes for his university classes around 7am and returns home around 6pm,” she said.
On Tuesday he called his father around 4pm informing him that he would come home after completing his work in Agargaon. But when he did not come home by 9pm the family became concerned and started searching for him.
Later at night they filed a GD with Khilgaon police, Tamanna said.
Khilgaon police station Officer-in-Charge Moshiur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that the police were looking into the matter with due diligence.
“We have already obtained his call records and according to this record, Dr Mubashar reached NSU around 8:15am and he was there till 4:28pm. He talked twice with his father around 3pm and 4pm and was scheduled to attend a meeting at IDB Bhaban,” he said.
“He was last traced somewhere around IDB Bhaban or Lion Bhaban at Agargaon,” the OC said.
Investigation officer for the incident Sub Inspector Nagendra Kumar told the Dhaka Tribune that he was assigned to the incident on Wednesday afternoon, but had already spoken to the family and begun investigating.
A newspaper reported that Mubashar was concerned about his safety after the visit of a stranger to his home who identified as a student last month. Tamanna confirmed the incident but said it could be a coincidence and may not be linked to her brother's disappearance.
She also confirmed a report that a CCTV camera was installed in front of the house recently, but said it was because of safety concerns in the neighbourhood.