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Man disappears from police custody, police have no recollection

  • Published at 01:35 am January 4th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:18 am January 4th, 2017
Man disappears from police custody, police have no recollection
“They [police] picked my son up from Satkhira town's New Market area in August. We even went to the police station to see him,” said Jonny's father Sheikh Abdur Rashid at a press conference in Satkhira Press Club. "But after a few days he disappeared and police said they did not know where he was." Getting emotional, Rashid pleaded with the authorities concerned to find his son. “If he is guilty of any crimes, he must be punished following due legal process,” he added. Jonny's wife Jasmine Nahar said Jonny went to the New Market around 9:30pm on August 5 to buy some medicine. There, Sub-Inspector Himel of Satkhira Sadar police station arrested him. “When we went to the police station, Himel said they were investigating my husband and would release him if they found him innocent. “I went to see my husband three days in a row. But on August 8 morning, when I went to the police station, they started telling me that they did know where he was,” she said, reading out a written statement. “Himel told me to submit photocopies of the national ID cards of me and my parents-in-law at the police station, which I did. When my husband did not return home, we went back to the police station to file a general diary but they did not accept it. “With no options left, we sent a letter to the district superintendent of police seeking help on August 24, but in vain,” she told reporters. When contacted, Sub-Inspector Himel, who was recently transferred from Satkhira, said he did not remember anything about Jonny as it was months-old issue. OC Emdadul Haque Sheikh, who has also been transferred and posted in Kalaroa, echoed Himel's statement when the Dhaka Tribune contacted him. “This happened five months ago. I cannot say anything on this case right now,” he said. Jasmine said Jonny used to stay in his in-laws' house in Langaljhara village under Kalaroa upazila four days a week, and the rest of the week he stayed in his own parents' house in Kukhrali village under Assasuni upazila. When he stayed in Jasmine's parents' house, he also used to take care of her father's lands and related affairs. “My father has ownership dispute with people over some of his lands. Perhaps his enemies has conspired against my husband,” Jasmine claimed. “My husband is a homoeopath. He was never involved in politics. There is no cases filed against him. But police took him away from us. “Now he is missing and no one cannot tell us of his whereabouts. What injustice is this?” she asked. Jasmine further said it took them so long to hold a press conference because they had been threatened to keep their silence. “But we have had enough.”