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Missing quota leader’s parents: Our son was being followed

  • Published at 01:50 pm July 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:17 pm July 16th, 2018
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Tarek Rahman, a leader of the ongoing quota reform movement, has been missing since July 14 Courtesy

Tarek went missing on July 14

Parents of Tarek Rahman, a leader of the quota reform movement who has been missing since July 14, have said their son was being followed by plainclothes policemen.

“Tarek told his friends on Saturday that plainclothes policemen were following him and he went missing a few hours later,” his parents said at a press conference at the Crime Reporters’ Association of Bangladesh, in Dhaka, on Monday.

Tarek is the joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC), a students' platform spearheading the nationwide movement since February.

His mother, Shahana Begum, said Tarek spoke to her on the phone Saturday afternoon.

Tarek Rahman's parents at the press conference at Crime Reporters’ Association of Bangladesh in Dhaka on July 16, 2018 | Arifur Rahman Rabbi/Dhaka Tribune

“His mobile phone was switched off and he went missing on Saturday evening,” she said.

Shahana went to Shahbag police station to file a general diary but they asked her to wait one more day.

His father, Abdul Latif, said Tarek was being followed by plainclothes police when he stayed at his sister’s place in Badda.

“To avoid them, Tarek shifted to a mess after Eid-ul-Fitr,” he said.  

The parents demanded that their son be found soon.

Tarek was coaching for BCS exams at Confidence Coaching Centre in Dhaka after completing an  MBA in management at Comilla University.

Reached for comment, Shahbagh police station OC Abul Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that he was not informed about Tarek's disappearance. "But we will look into the matter," he added.