The leader of Awami League’s Comilla North district unit was found in Dhaka’s Purbachal area early Saturday, 11 hours after his reported abduction
Comilla Awami League leader Parvez Hossain, who was recently picked up in broad daylight from Lalmatia, said the abductors had taken his signature on two blank stamp-papers in Bangla and English.
The leader of Awami League’s Comilla North district unit was found in Dhaka’s Purbachal area early Saturday, 11 hours after his reported abduction.
While talking to the media at his house on Saturday, the former chairman of Comilla's Titas upazila said: “They forcibly took my signatures. I do not understand why they did so. Maybe, they did this to keep me under mental pressure.
“I wish no one else goes through the same situation. Now, I am scared and anxious.”
Four men, in a black Pajero jeep, picked Parvez up as he was returning home after Jumma prayers on Friday.
The entire incident was recorded on a CCTV camera installed at a nearby building, which shows Parvez being abducted by two men in just 40 seconds.
Talking with journalists, Parvez said: “A man gave me salam when I approached the main gate of my building. I was returning from the mosque.
“Simultaneously, another person held me from behind and dragged me into the jeep. They covered my face with a black mask immediately and put a handkerchief over my nose, making me unconscious.”
He added:”I can recall nothing else.”
The Awami League leader said: “When I regained my senses, they took my signature while I was still in the jeep and they left me near Kanchon Bridge.”
He had later called up his family members and informed them of his whereabouts.
When asked who could be behind this, Parvez said: “I have no business rivalry with anyone, but I have political enemies in Comilla. I could not go there for a year as I was attacked when I last visited my village.”
Parvez’s family suspect that his political rival and Titas upazila Vice-Chairman Sohel Shikdar might be behind the abduction as Sohel’s men had allegedly fire bullets at Parvez's car about a year ago when he went to Titas upazila.
Parvez said: “I do not want to say that I was abducted following any political rivalry because he [Sohel] is from my party. Police are looking into the matter. Let them find this out [trace the culprits].”
Stating that he was not beaten up, he said: “I thank the prime minister, home minister, police, and media for taking immediate action.”
According to his family, Parvez wants to compete and get nominations from Comilla 2 (Titas-Homna) constituency in the upcoming national parliamentary election, which is scheduled to be held at the end of this year.
Replying to a query if this could be the reason for his abduction, he said he does not understand why he was abducted.
He said: “If Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gives me a nomination, I will definitely compete in the election.”
Mohammadpur police station's Officer-in-Charge Jamal Uddin Mir said: “Parvez returned home. We are looking into the matter. The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority told us that they did not issue the jeep’s number to anyone.
“We are also analyzing the CCTV footage. No abductor has been identified so far.”
Parvez's maternal uncle Kamrul Hossain claimed that four to five associates usually accompany the Awami League leader whenever he goes out but he went to the mosque alone on Friday.
Parvez, who was the chairman of Comilla’s Titas upazila from 2009 to 2014, lives in Lalmatia with his wife and two sons.