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Comilla AL leader Parvez found hours after abduction

  • Published at 06:14 pm July 27th, 2018
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File photo of Awami League's Comilla North district unit leader Parvez Hossain Collected

He was reportedly picked up by armed man in the capital Friday afternoon

Awami League's Comilla North district unit leader Parvez Hossain has been found in Dhaka’s Purbachal 300 feet area, 11 hours after his reported abduction in front of his home in Lalmatia.

Earlier on Friday, he was picked up by four armed men when he was returning home from Jumma prayers.

Confirming the matter last night, Parvez’s cousin Fahad Bhuiyan said: “Parvez called his wife around 10:30pm and informed that he was near Purbachal 300 feet area. Later, his family rushed to the spot and brought him home around 12:30am.”

Asked if Parvez told them anything about the abductors, Fahad told the Dhaka Tribune: “According to Parvez, the abductors blindfolded him and took him away but he was not beaten or harmed.

“Parvez is not talking much at the moment as he is traumatized from the incident,” the cousin added.

The matter was also confirmed by Mohammadpur police.

On Friday afternoon, four armed men picked up Parvez Hossain when he was returning home at Block C of Lalmatia residential area after the Jumma prayers and whisked him away in a black Pajero SUV.

A CCTV footage screenshot of the black Pajero SUV used in the abduction of Comilla Awami League leader Parvez Hossain | Courtesy

The armed men stopped Parvez from entering his home and, after a brief conversation, took him away in that vehicle. They were also carrying walkie-talkies, Fahad said, further adding that the entire incident had been caught on a CCTV camera installed at a nearby building.

“After informing police about the incident, we collected and handed over the footage to them. The number on that Pajero’s licence plate was Dhaka Metro GA 14-2577,” Fahad added.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Assistant Commissioner (Mohammadpur Zone) Mrityunjoy Dey Sajal confirmed that police had received the CCTV footage. “But the footage is unclear. We couldn’t make out anyone’s face from that. We are trying to collect CCTV camera footage from the adjacent buildings," he added.

Parvez, who served as the chairman of Comilla’s Titas upazila from 2009 to 2014, lives in Lalmatia with his wife and two sons.

The CCTV footage showed that one of the men, who picked up Parvez, had followed him to his house. When Parvez arrived in front of his house, another man was seen to be waiting there.

The second man approached Parvez and shook his hands as the first man joined them. Later, they forcibly took him to an adjacent street, which is outside the camera’s range, and made him get into the SUV, where two other men were waiting, and they left.

Fahad said Parvez’s family suspected that the ruling party leader’s political rival and Titas upazila Vice-Chairman Sohel Shikdar and his men might have been behind the abduction.

He said Sohel’s men had also opened fire at Parvez's car about a year ago when he visited his village home in Titas. 

Sohel was unavailable for comments regarding the allegations.

Four to five associates usually accompany Parvez whenever he goes out, his uncle Kamrul Hossain claimed.

“But Parvez went to the mosque alone today [Friday], and we don’t know who took him. It could be his political rivals,” he added.