M Maroof Zaman, a former Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar and Vietnam, remains traceless after having gone missing five days back.
His family members, in a statement on Friday, said they were extremely distressed.
Maroof went missing on the evening of December 4 when he had gone out alone to pick up his daughter Samiha Zaman.
Around 7:45pm that evening, he called his home from an unidentified land phone number to inform the domestic help that some people would go the house to retrieve his computer, and instructed them to cooperate.
Three men, described as tall and well-dressed, visited Maroof’s house about 20 minutes later and took away his laptop, home computer, camera, and spare smartphone. They also thoroughly searched his room.
Maroof’s phone has been found switched off since. His family filed a general diary with Dhanmondi police the next day.
Police recovered his private car abandoned at Khilkhet that same evening. The vehicle did not have any sign of forced entry. Locals said they had seen the car since the morning.
The law enforcers also retrieved CCTV footage of Maroof’s residence in which three men were seen entering the house and leaving shortly afterwards with electronic devices. They wore caps and had their faces obscured with masks to conceal their identities.
The family said it had been three days since they had last received any news regarding the case from the law enforcement agencies.
They demanded that the highest priority be given to finding him.
Maroof has served as a counsellor at the Bangladesh High Commission in the UK. The former Foreign Ministry additional secretary is a retired Bangladesh Army captain of the Signal Corps (6th Short Course).