Sourav can be abducted by anyone, home minister points out
Former state minister Sohel Taj has said he himself will investigate to find the whereabouts of his missing nephew, Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav.
“I will investigate it myself to help the law enforcement agencies and police administration. The information we collect, we will provide to them,” he said on Facebook Live at around 6pm Tuesday.
“As a first step, we will go out and talk to eyewitnesses and get their statements,” he added.
Sourav, a media and communication student at Independent University Bangladesh, went missing on June 9. The victim is the son of Syeda Yasmin Arjuman, who is the niece of Bangladesh’s first prime minister, Tajuddin Ahmed.
Anjuman and Sourav’s father, Md Idris Alam, also spoke during the live stream.
The victim’s mother said Sourav told her the same people who had called him earlier kidnapped him.
“They called Sourav two or three days before Eid from the same number, and told him that their ‘boss’ had a soft corner for him and wanted to give him a job,” she said.
“The day before he disappeared, they called Sourav again from the same number and told him to bring his documents to Dhaka. But Sourav refused to do so, saying his mother was ill and he was unable to leave Chittagong.”
Idris Alam, Sourav's father, said that earlier when Sourav was picked up, the people who took him away identified themselves as RAB 1 officials.
He also said Sourav was identified in the CCTV footage taken from the crime scene, which is now in police custody.
“The footage shows that after 6pm on June 9, my son was standing in front of Agora with them,” he added.
At the same time, Taj claimed that the “kidnappers” were members of the elite force.
He said: “I want to add, that when Sourav was picked up on May 16, they tracked Sourav’s location using a mobile phone tracking device, which is only available to the elite force (RAB).”
Anjuman said those who picked Sourav up the first time, had firearms and wireless receivers with them.
The victim’s father said the CCTV footage showed five or six men taking Sourav into a black-coloured Prado from the place of the incident.
Sohel Taj said he would continue to disclose updates to the public over social media.
Earlier in the day, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Sohel Taj’s nephew could have been picked up by anyone. He also said it should be taken into account whether Sourav had gone somewhere on his own and hoped that the university student will return home soon, reports Bangla Tribune.
Saying he had no information regarding Sourav being picked up by law enforcement, the minister also said he had a conversation with Sohel Taj over the phone and had directed the police commissioner in this regard.
"Police are investigating the issue and everything will be unearthed soon," he added.
Earlier on June 17, Anjuman, Sourav's mother, at a press conference in the capital, said her son went missing when he went to respond to a job offer from 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 in the press conference.
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.