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Family of missing ex-RAB CO seeks PM's intervention

  • Published at 09:36 pm August 17th, 2018
Missing former RAB 7 CO Lt Col Hasinur Rahman's wife Shamima Akhtar and her brother addressing a press briefing at the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday, August 18, 2018 Courtesy

Hasinur Rahman was allegedly picked up from near his home in Dhaka’s Mirpur DOHS area on August 8 night

The family of a former Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 7 commanding officer, who has been missing for over a week, has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to intervene and help them find him.

The RAB official, Lt Col Hasinur Rahman, who is a sacked army officer, was allegedly picked up by 14-15 men in plain clothes around 10:20pm on August 8 near his home in Dhaka’s Mirpur DOHS area.

His wife Shamima Akhtar alleged on Friday that those people were wearing jackets with “DB” (Detective Branch of police) inscribed on them when they whisked away her husband in a microbus.

The next day, she filed a general diary (GD) with Pallabi police station.

“My husband had received the Bir Protik award for his contribution in the line of duty and sovereignty of this country. And now, someone has picked him up from right in front of his house,” Shamima said. “It has been over 10 days, but police have yet to locate him.”

The Dhaka Tribune could not verify if Hasinur is a Bir Protik.

At a press briefing organized by the family at Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh on Friday, a distraught Shamima sought the prime minister’s intervention to find her husband alive as soon as possible.

According to the GD, Hasinur left his house around 9pm on August 8 to meet a friend, and returned around 10pm.

At the time, several men in a microbus arrived there and tried to take him away. But when people started converging after hearing Hasinur’s cry for help, the men identified themselves as DB officials and took him away.

Hasinur, who also served in Border Guard Bangladesh for a while, was sacked from Bangladesh Army for his alleged ties to militants.