The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has confirmed that it has arrested Leakhead Grammar School owner Md Khaled Hasan Matin, Ministry of Education employee Md Nasir Uddin and Personal Officer to the Education Minister Md Motaleb Hossain.
A news report on their arrests, during separate raids in the city’s Gulshan and Basila areas, was published on the DMP’s online portal – dmpnews.org – on Sunday night.
But police did not disclose the reasons behind their arrests. No DB officials were also available for comment.
According to the report, a DB team picked up Nasir, an upper division assistant at the Secondary and Higher Secondary Division of the Education Ministry, from Gulshan with Tk1,30,000 on him on Sunday.
But his family had alleged that Nasir went missing on Thursday afternoon.
According to police, Motaleb was also arrested on Sunday from Basila for his alleged connection to Nasir.
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His family, however, claimed he was picked up on Saturday afternoon.
Both families had filed general diaries (GD) at Banani and Hazaribagh police stations, respectively.
According to the dmpnews.org report, another DB team also arrested Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled on Sunday.
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But Gulshan police station Inspector (Investigation) Salauddin Miah had confirmed the Dhaka Tribune that a GD was filed after he was picked up on Saturday afternoon.
While law enforcement officials indicated that Nasir and Motaleb may have been picked up over their alleged ties to recent incidents of question paper leak, it was not made clear why Khaled was arrested.
Although, earlier on November 6 last year, the government had suspended the functions of the school’s three branches claiming it was inspiring religious extremism, building extremist organizations, and carrying out activities against the nation and its independence.
The High Court later ordered to reopen the school.