Victim’s family holds press conference in Dhaka
Even after as many as eight days, Chittagong police are yet to show any progress in determining the whereabouts of former state minister Sohel Taj's nephew, Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav.
Sourav, a media and communication student at Independent University Bangladesh, is the son of Syeda Yasmin Arjuman, niece of Bangladesh’s first prime minister, Tajuddin Ahmed.
At a press conference held in the capital on Monday noon, Sourav’s mother Anjuman, said her son went missing on June 9 when he went to respond to a job offer from Chittagong RAB.
“RAB officials contacted Sourav and told him to be present in front of Agora in the Chittagong Mimi Super Market area at 7pm with his passport, certificates, and CV, on June 9,” she said.
“After going there with his documents, my son did not return. His phone was found unreachable.”
At the press briefing, Arjuman introduced a girl named Souda with whom Sourav has a relationship. It was also said that Souda’s father had forcibly married her off to someone else but the marriage fell apart in 2018.
“Souda’s father blamed my son for breaking up the marriage and gave us death threats,” she said.
The victim’s mother said that on February 7, Sourav said he received a call from RAB headquarters and was threatened not to contact Souda ever again.
At the same time, Sourav was also questioned by Banani police, and National Security Intelligence (NSI) officials, Arjuman added.
The victim’s family also said that on May 16, 2019, Sourav was picked up from his temporary residence in the capital’s Banani, by a group who identified themselves as DGFI and RAB personnel. He was dropped back at his residence the next day.
“Sourav told us he was kept blindfolded and handcuffed at an unknown location for 15 to 16 hours,” she said.
Finally, Sourav was picked up again on June 9 , being lured with a job offer, Arjuman said. A few months ago, Sourav made a film named Bengali Beauty.
Addressing the press conference, Sohel Taj said: “This incident has raised a big question in me. I hope this does not happen to any other citizen.”
Earlier, in a Facebook post on Friday night, the former state minister said: “I request those who have carried out this incident to return Sourav to his family. Otherwise, your identity will be revealed in public. We know who are the people behind it.”
However, at the press conference, he refused to reveal the identities of the ‘kidnappers’ and asked newsmen to dig it up.
Idris Alam, the victim’s father, filed a missing complaint with Panchlaish Police Station on June 10.
“We are gathering all necessary information in connection with the incident and conducting drives in different places,” Panchlaish Police Station OC, Abul Kashem Bhuiyan, told Dhaka Tribune.
“However, there has been very little progress in tracing the whereabouts of the missing person,” the OC acknowledged.