Tanvir Hassan Zoha, an IT specialist reportedly involved in the investigation into the Bangladesh Bank digital heist, has been missing since yesterday, his family says.
His wife Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury claimed that Zoha was abducted from Kachukhet area around 1am yesterday.
But Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Zoha might have been arrested in connection with the probe into the BB heist.
“Law enforcers might have arrested Zoha for the sake of investigation. But I am not sure about it,” he told journalists after attending a programme at the capital’s Krishibid Institute yesterday.
The minister added that he had no idea about allegations from Zoha’s family that the police were refusing to record a general diary in this connection.
According to Zoha’s wife, the IT specialist last spoke with her on the phone around 11:30pm Wednesday; his mobile phone was found switched off since 12:15am yesterday.
Zoha’s uncle Mahbubul Alam claimed that Zoha had gone 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 broke down after two minutes. Then two microbuses blocked their way and picked up both of them. Then Yamir was dropped on Manik Mia Avenue.”
Later, Yamir informed Zoha’s family that the IT expert has been abducted.
Mahbubul said the family immediately went to Kalabagan police station to file a report, but they were referred to the Kafrul station as the incident reportedly took place under Kafrul’s jurisdiction.
But then Kafrul police sent them to the Cantonment station, who also forwarded them to Bhasantek police station; law enforcers at all the stations claimed that the incident had not taken place under their jurisdiction.
After none of the police stations agreed to record a general diary (GD), the family had no choice but to return home.
Zoha had been sharing his expert opinion on different media outlets ever since news broke that hackers had stolen over $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.
Zoha has reportedly been under pressure recently for his criticisms and analysis of the whole financial fiasco.
Media outlets identified Zoha as the ICT Division’s cyber security specialist or cyber security wing director (operations).
But the ICT Division recently denied having any link with Zoha. In a statement, the ICT Division further said it had not formed any committee to probe the central bank’s digital heist.
Zoha, who also works with the Police Bureau of Investigation, recently told the Dhaka Tribune: “Analysing primary database, we got evidence that the [BB] hacking took place from inside the
country. Now we are checking
how it happened from the local server.”