Madrasa authorities made noticeably incoherent statements about the student's disappearance
A sixth grade madrasa student Sajmin Akhter, 13, went missing from her madrasa on August 31. The madrasa authority claimed that she was believed to have been picked-up by a ‘Jinn’ - a supernatural being, either of good spirits or demons.
Sajmin’s father Sharif Ullah said this in a press news briefing held at the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday.
He told reporters that his only child Sajmin was still missing and the family is seeking Prime Minister's intervention in determining their daughter's whereabouts.
Sharif Ullah said my daughter has been studying at Jamiya Forqania Talimia Mohila Madrasa at Pallabi, Mirpur for four years. He said Sajmin came home for Eid holidays on August 8 and returned to the madrasa on August 27.
He got a phone call from the madrasa authorities who told him that his daughter went missing on August 31. After that dreadful news, he went to the Mohila madrasa and the gatekeeper told him that Sajmin went missing since August 31 morning, he added.
Sharif Ullah alleged that he had waited for a long time at the madrasa gate where he went to know about her daughter's disappearance.
"It was very difficult to leave the madrasa premises without any information about Sajmin. I cannot understand how could my daughter go out of the madrasa and be missing," said Sharif.
Sharif also alleged that the madrasa teacher, who called him about Sajmin's disappearance, was noticeably incoherent during the conversation. At one point, rather erratically, madrasa officials claimed that Sajmin did not come back when she went to madrasa gate to see her father.
On another instance, they said: "That an element of ‘Jinn’ might have possessed Sajmin and ‘Jinn’ picked her up."
While at another point during the talks, the madrasa teacher said Sajmin was sick and she fell down from the stairs.
The madrasa authority could not provide any specific information about Sanjim's whereabouts.
Under the circumstances, Sharif Ullah filed a general diary (GD) with the Pallabi police station. In the meantime, Sharif said that he had received several phone calls from anonymous persons identifying themselves as police members. Later, he found that they were fraudsters or gang members, he said.
Masum Akbar, a madrasa teacher said that a madam of the madrasa spotted her stepping out of the gate of the madrasa on the day of Sajmin's disappearance. When asked Sajmin said she was going to meet her father, and since then she was missing, he said.
Sajmin Akhter went missing since August 31, when the principal of Jamiya Forqania Talimia Mohila Madrasa was in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj. The CCTV in the principal's office could not find any footage or clues of the female student's disappearance, because it was reportedly turned off while the staff cleaned the room, he added.
When asked about a ‘Jinn’ that purportedly picked up Sajmin, the teacher said: “I don’t know who told it. But I heard that Sajmin and her class friend recite Sura 'Jinn’ (some specific verses of a chapter of the holy Quran) before the night she disappeared. And the missing girl's classmates said she was ill.”
Madrasa administration have been trying to find her. It has also published classified missing ads in several newspapers and has carried out loudspeaker announcements in the area, Masum added.
Pallabi police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Bahauddin Babla, also the investigation officer, told Dhaka Tribune that the general diary (GD) with regard to Sajmin's disappearance was converted to a kidnapping case. Police said they found a letter from Sajnim’s friend, where she wrote and appealed for forgiveness.
When asked if she turned to militancy, police said they have no specific information about such potential possibilities. But primarily police suspected that she left the madrasa willingly.
However, Police said they are investigating the matter and trying to determine her whereabouts.