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Missing former envoy Maroof Zaman returns home after 467 days

  • Published at 08:19 pm March 16th, 2019
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File photo of former diplomat Maroof Zaman Collected

The man has been missing since December 4, 2017

Former Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar and Vietnam, M Maroof Zaman, has returned home after being missing for 467 days.

The retired diplomat returned to his home on Saturday.  His daughter Shabnam Zaman made the disclosure through a Facebook post in the evening.

“After 15 and a half months, or 467 days... my father is back,” she wrote.

“My sister and I are both profoundly grateful to those individuals who have supported us throughout this period,” read the status update.

“We would now like to request privacy so that we can process and heal. We have no further comments or details to share at this time,” Shabnam added.

Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Dhanmondi zone Additional Deputy  Commissioner, Abdullahil Kafi, said Maroof returned home around 1am on Saturday.

“He was wandering around near his house. Locals took him home soon after identifying him,” he said.

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The police official said a police team went to Maroof’s house to find out more details. However, the family did not entertain the police request since the former diplomat was not in a condition to talk right then.

Meanwhile, neither the police nor his family members were able to confirm how Maroof reached his neighbourhood, and was wandering alone.

On December 4, 2017, Maroof left his house in Dhanmondi to pick up his daughter Samiha Zaman from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. However, he never reached the airport.

On the evening of December 4, Maroof called his home from an unidentified land phone number to inform the domestic help that some people would go to the house to retrieve his computer, and instructed them to cooperate.

Three men, described as tall and well-dressed, visited his house about 20 minutes later and took away his laptop, home computer, camera, and spare smartphone. They also thoroughly searched his room.

Maroof’s phone was switched off since then. His family filed a general diary (GD) with Dhanmondi police station the following day.

Police recovered his private car in an alley from Khilkhet that same evening. The vehicle did not have any sign of forced entry. Locals said they had seen the car since morning.

Law enforcement agencies also retrieved CCTV footage of Maroof’s residence in which three men were seen entering the house and leaving shortly afterwards with electronic devices. They wore caps and had their faces obscured by masks to conceal their identities.

Maroof served as a counselor at the Bangladesh High Commission in the UK. The former Foreign Ministry additional secretary is a retired Bangladesh Army captain of the Signal Corps (6th Short Course).