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Police: Islamic speaker Adnan was in hiding for personal reasons

Adnan was taken to DB office after returning home at 2:30pm on Friday

Update : 18 Jun 2021, 03:20 PM

Islamic speaker Afsanul Haque Adnan, better known as Abu Twa-haa Muhammad Adnan, had been hiding at his friend’s house in Gaibandha for the last few days due to personal matters, police said on Friday.

However, law enforcers refused to disclose the personal issues.

Deputy Commissioner (Crime) Rangpur Metropolitan Police Md Abu Maruf Hossain disclosed the information during a briefing at Rangpur Metropolitan Police DB office after interrogating him.

Adnan finally returned to his in-law’s house in Rangpur at 2:30pm on Friday. Adnan’s three associates, -- Firoz, Muhid and car driver Amir -- have also returned to their respective homes.

Upon receiving information, Kotwali police station Officer in-Charge (OC) Abdur Rashid and his team visited Adnan’s house. Adnan was later taken to the office of the Rangpur Detective Branch (DB) of Police for questioning.

Adnan told the police that he had called his wife from Gabtali in the capital on June 10 for the last time. After that he had turned off his mobile phone. He then went to a friend’s house at Trimohoni under Gaibandha Sadar, DC Maruf Hossain said.

Since then, Adnan had not contacted anyone for personal reasons. As it was a personal issue, he requested police not to disclose it publicly, the police official added.

“We can’t disclose it now. We will verify their claims and take necessary legal steps,” he continued.

Police said Adnan and his accomplices would remain in police custody for the time being.

The next course of action would be decided after taking their statements in court on Saturday, DC Maruf Hossain added.

“Primarily, we are thinking that they had no intention to embarrass the government,” he said at the press briefing.

Dhaka Tribune could not contact Adnan’s wife Sabikunnahar for further comments.

What happened earlier?

Adnan’s disappearance came to light on Monday when his wife Sabikunnahar sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention to find him.

She went to the offices of the Detective Branch of police, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Police Headquarters. She personally met the RAB chief, who told her that the force did not have Adnan in its custody.

On Wednesday, she held a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) where she said she suspected that Adnan had been picked up by an international intelligence agency for his speech on geo-political issues, including the Israel-Palestine crisis. His videos are shared widely on YouTube and Facebook by his followers.

Sabikunnahar said that Adnan had shared his live location at 2:37am (on June 11) via WhatsApp from Gabtoli, in Dhaka around 18 minutes away from home. She found his phone switched off at around 3am. Amir’s phone could not be reached either.

Adnan called his wife at around 4pm and told her that two people on a motorbike were following the car.

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“Pray for me,’ this is what he said,” the wife told reporters. After 20 minutes, Adnan called her again and told her that they were not being followed anymore. “He asked me to prepare dinner,” she said.

She further said she tried to file a general diary with Darussalam police station, but the police refused to record it saying that the location was not under their jurisdiction. Pallabi police station initially refused to file the GD, but later registered the complaint. Adnan’s mother filed a GD with Rangpur Kotwali police station.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said that the law enforcers had taken the issue of Adnan’s disappearance seriously.

 “We are aware of the situation and looking for clues,” the minister told reporters at an event in Gazipur.

Targeted for lectures

Dr Abu Bakar Muhammad Zakaria, an Islamic scholar, and Adnan were in “open rivalry” lately over their religious teachings and the ways of preaching. Both have posted videos on YouTube and Facebook targeting each other.

In a recent video, Adnan had called for the unity of all Muslims and removal of all differences between them. He asked his followers not to act aggressively against those who were opposed to his views because it would strengthen the enemies of Islam.

Adnan said: “We’ll work for the Muslim Ummah. We’re part of a family… But we’ll snatch Jerusalem from the Zionists. We want to see the destruction of the pharaohs. We’ll join the Imam Mahdi… the brothers in Khorasan… and the Caliphate when it’s restored.”

Sabikunnahar said Adnan was not involved with any political party. “Perhaps a misunderstanding has happened. Please let me live a sound life,” she said on Wednesday.

“Three more people went missing with Adnan. I contacted their families and asked them to attend the press briefing, but they declined to do so,” she said.

“On the day he went missing, I was told by someone that I would get Adnan back if I erased all the records of his location shared with me. I was warned not to talk to the media,” she alleged.

The UK-based rights group Amnesty International on Monday tweeted: “Abu Twa Haa Muhammad Adnan and his three companions are missing from Dhaka since Thursday.

“The authorities must expeditiously and fairly investigate to determine their whereabouts. If they are in state custody, they must be released immediately.”

Our reporter Fahim Reza Shovon and our Rangpur correspondent Liakat Ali Badal contributed to this report

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