They are demanding safety for their family members
Family members of four students—who were allegedly picked up by plain-clothed policemen from Dhaka’s Farmgate area on December 29, 2018—have held a press conference demanding their release.
Family members also demanded justice for the missing students at the press conference held at the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB), in Dhaka’s Segunbagicha area, around 11am on Tuesday.
The missing students are—Abu Khaleqe Mohammad Jabed, 25, son of Abu Yusuf Md Idris of Nabipur village in Senbag upazila of Noakhali; Borhan Uddin, 26, son of Abdul Motaleb of Hasanpur village in Charfashion upazila of Bhola; Rezaul Khaleqe, 24, son of Abdul Khaleqe of Boalia village in Aminpur upazila of Pabna; and Dr. Syed Mominul Hasan, 27, son of Syed Md Alamgir of Uzirpur village under Uzirpur upazila of Barisal.
Jabed is a third-year student of Asian University’s Bangla department, Borhan Uddin is a student of Stamford University’s English department, Rezaul is in his final year as a student of the pharmacy department of Manarat University, and Mominul is a former student of Unani Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital.
Yasin Karim, Jabed’s brother-in-law, who read out a written statement, said the incident took place on December 29; while Jabed and four of his friends were returning home, by bus, from Shahbag. Some plainclothes police officers intercepted the bus in the Farmgate area and picked up four of them; leaving the fifth student untouched because he was sitting at the back of the bus.
“We came to know about the matter from the one who was left in the bus by policemen,” he said.
After receiving the news, we have tried to contact Tejgaon police station and adjacent stations—including different law enforcement agencies—and they have all denied the matter. Two days have passed but the detainees have not been produced before a court; as the law requires, Yasin said.
“Under the circumstances, we are very concerned about their safety. We have received news from various trusted sources that they are, in fact, being held in police custody. Police’s refusal to confirm their detention worries us. It cannot be a responsible thing for the police administration to do, and it is a complete violation of the law.”
Jabed’s younger brother—Abu Hasnat, who was also present at the press conference—said Jabed and his friends are not involved in any kind of crime as far as their families are concerned.
Rezaul’s father Abdul Khaleqe and Mominul’s elder brother Syed Idrak were also present at the press conference.
The family members sought the attention of the authorities concerned, about the matter, and demanded safety for their closest ones. They have also demanded a fair trial of the students if they are found to be involved in crime.