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IT expert Zoha goes missing

  • Published at 09:08 am March 17th, 2016

IT expert Tanvir Hasan Zoha, who was reportedly involved in the investigation of the Bangladesh Bank fund heist, has been missing since Wednesday.

His wife Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury claimed that he was abducted from Kachukhet area around 1am Wednesday.

She said Zoha talked with her over the phone around 11:30pm Tuesday for the last time. His mobile phone has been found switched off since 12:15am.

Zoha's uncle Mahbubul Alam claimed that Zoha went to the office of an intelligence agency on Wednesday night from where he phoned his friend Yamir Ahmed to accompany him on the way to his residence.

Quoting Yamir, Mahbubul said: "Zoha and Yamir took a CNG-run autorickshaw but it went out of order after two minutes. Then two microbuses blocked their way and took away the duo. Then, Yamir was dropped at Manik Mia Avenue."

Later, Yamir informed Zoha's family about his "abduction."

Mahbubul Alam alleged that they went to Kalabagan police station to inform police soon after the incident. However, Kalabagan police told them that the area of the incident is under Kafrul police station.

When they went to Kafrul police early Thursday, they were sent to Cantonment police station. Then, the Cantonment police sent them to Bhasantek police where the law enforcers told them that the area of the incident was not under the police station.

Being failed to file a general diary, Zoha's family members compelled to return to their home.

Zoha's wife demanded her husband to return safe and sound.

On February 4, hackers stole more than $101 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and wired it to a number of bank accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

On February 29, Philippines daily the Inquirer broke the story of a possible $100m digital bank robbery of the BB fund.

After the incident came to light, Zoha talked to the media, giving expert opinion.

The media reports identified Zoha as the ICT Division’s cyber security specialist or cyber security wing director (operations).

But the ICT Division denied any link with Zoha.

In a statement, the ICT Division said it had not formed any committee to probe the fund heist.