It has been 16 days since a math teacher from Maple Leaf International School, Ferdousi Ekram Focia went missing without a trace on July 2.
Police have yet to find a motive for her to leave home, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-2 Major Ataur Rahman said: “Our intelligence branch is investigating the case, we have yet to find a motive behind her going missing.”
It appears that Focia had been active on Facebook till July 16 posting things regularly on wall until it was deactivated on July 17.
Kalabagan police Inspector Samir Chandra Sutradhar said: “I had found that Focia’s Facebook account was deactivated on the evening of July 17.”
The investigating officer of the case, Kalabagan police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Md Bablur Rahman said: “They are checking Focia’s call list and Facebook posts to find clues.”
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AKM Ehasan Ullah, Focia’s elder brother, told the Dhaka Tribune that Focia had gone out on July 2 evening saying she was going to meet with a student.
“Focia was religious, reserved, and had very few friends. She was very frustrated with her career progress, and used to spend most of her time giving private tuition.
“After she went missing, we checked her Facebook account to find out if she had any radical ties. However, we did not find any such conversations or posts,” said Ehasan.
Maple Leaf International School authorities claimed that they were in dark about Focia’s dissapearance before July 6.
Supervisor of the senior section of Maple Leaf in Dhanmondi, Assaduzzaman said: “Our academic activities started on July 3 after the end of Eid vacation. I called Ferdousi Ekram Focia that day to ask why she did not show to work but she did not answer my calls.
“Her younger sister later called me and said she was sick. The next day on July 4, her sister called me again said she was not going to come to work that day either.”
Assaduzzaman claimed that on July 6 around 11pm Focia’s sister called again and said that Focia has been missing for four days and they have already filed a general diary with Kalabagan police station.
Assaduzzaman then informed the school Principal Ali Karam Reza about the incident. School authorities contacted Focia’s father Ekramullah who is also a part time teacher of O-level subjects at the school.
Ali Karam Reza told the Dhaka Tribune:“Focia was very good teacher. She was punctual, nice and popular among both teachers and students.”
Focia had completed BSc in mathematics from Bangladesh University and MSc from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology.