Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself has admitted that the government is involved in the incidents of enforced disappearance in the country, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Friday.
“The remarks about enforced disappearance that the prime minister made yesterday [Thursday] is her admission to the fact that they [the government] are involved in the incidents of enforced disappearance,” he told reporters in front of BNP central office in Naya Paltan, Dhaka.
Addressing a parliament session on Thursday, the prime minister said enforced disappearance was a phenomenon that was prevalent not just in Bangladesh, but in many developed countries too.
Citing a 2009 statistics, She said some 275,000 British citizens have been subjected to forced disappearances, 20,000 of whom still remain missing.
The prime minister further said the situation was much worse in the US.
Reacting to her comments, Mirza Fakhrul said the government was making its opponents disappear in Bangladesh using the law enforcement agencies.
"The incidents of enforced disappearance have been taking place in Bangladesh over the last few years... families of all the victims are saying their near ones have been picked up by members of law enforcement agencies."
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The BNP leader said he appreciated that the prime minister had at least admitted that enforced disappearance was taking place in Bangladesh.
However, he alleged that the government has so far not taken any initiative to prevent such incidents.
Speaking at another programme, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said by admitting that enforced disappearance is taking place in the country, the prime minister formally took responsibilities of such phenomenon.
Shikhkhak Karmachari Oikya Jote arranged the programme in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, demanding the release of its president, Prof Selim Bhuiyan, from prison.
Rizvi said the government was making its opponents, teachers, public representatives, doctors, engineers, journalists and businessmen disappear to protect its political interest.
Referring to the prime minister's remark that many people had returned after going missing for some days, he said: “She [Hasina] has also admitted they keep people confined for some days and release them after they have achieved what they want."
About the alleged enforced disappearance of BNP leader M Ilias Alai and Chowdhury Alam, he said they had yet to be released as they did not compromise with the government.
"Some people remain missing forever as per her [the prime minister's] wish, while some others are released after some days, also according to her will,” he said.