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Education minister's aide ‘goes missing’

  • Published at 08:09 pm January 21st, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:13 pm January 21st, 2018
Education minister's aide ‘goes missing’
Two days after an education ministry staff mysteriously disappeared from Dhaka’s Banani, Md Motaleb Hossain, the personal officer (PO) of Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, has now gone missing. His family alleged that three unknown people identifying themselves as government officials forcibly picked him up in a black car from the West Dhanmondi Housing area at Basila on Saturday afternoon. Confirming the matter, Hazaribagh police station OC Mir Alimuzzaman said: "Police have already visited the spot and we are working on this.” His younger brother Md Tofayel Ahmed had filed a general dairy (GD) at the police station on Saturday. As of Sunday afternoon, Motaleb remained traceless. Tofayel told the Dhaka Tribune that Motaleb lived at the government quarter in Green Road. He had gone to West Dhanmondi Housing on Saturday to inspect the construction work of a building on the land he owns. His teenage nephew Parvez was with him. Three people had come in a black SUV and started a conversation with Motaleb, Tofayel said quoting Parvez, who was told by the trio to go away from there. Few minutes later, according to Parvez, they forced Motaleb into the car and rushed off. The nephew and others at the construction site, however, managed to note down part of the car’s registration plate – Dhaka Metro 13-67148. Police were also informed about it. Since then, Tofayel said his brother’s mobile phone has been switched off. “Motaleb had no enemies and there is no feud over the ownership of the land at West Dhanmondi Housing. We are very worried about him.” Meanwhile, Education Minister Nahid on Sunday told reporters that he has spoken to the home minister, top officials of police and Rapid Action Battalion about his missing aide and asked them to take all necessary measures to find him as soon as possible. On Thursday afternoon, Nasir Uddin, an upper division clerk of the ministry, went missing from Banani, according to his family members. His brother-in-law Nayem Ahmed Julhas later filed a GD at Banani police station, reports UNB. Nasir, a resident of Lake City Concord of Khilkhet, last communicated with his family members around 12:23pm and said he was going to office from Banani. Later, his mobile phone was found switched off after 4pm, Julhas said.