Bangladesh Janata Party’s (BJP) President Mithun Chowdhury and its leader Asit Ghosh have been shown arrested by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective Branch more than two weeks after the duo reportedly went missing.
Mithun has been charged with taking part in conspiracy to topple the government. Asit has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the same plot.
DB said it had arrested Mithun from Paltan on Monday and Asit from Segunbagicha in Dhaka the next day.
They will be interrogated by DB for five days.
A DMP assistant commissioner said one Abdullah Al Faruk, arrested several days ago in a case filed under the Special Powers Act, told a court in his confessional statement that Mithun and Asit were involved in anti-government conspiracy.
A general diary was filed with Kadamtali police on November 7. During investigation, DB unearthed information about Asit’s crimes. Later, the BJP leaders were arrested, the police officer claimed.
Police sought the court’s permission on Tuesday to interrogate them for 10 days but the court gave police five days time. Asit was sent to court again on Wednesday as his complicity could not be confirmed during the interrogation.
Meanwhile, Mithun’s wife Sumona Chowdhury had alleged that her husband was picked up by people identifying themselves as law enforcement officials on October 27 midnight from Farashganj.
He had since been missing. He could not be traced even after his family approached police, DB and other law enforcement agencies.
Sumona told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday night that she had heard her husband and Asit were produced before the court and remanded on Tuesday.
“We were not informed anything by the DB,” she said. “We will try to get a copy of the case document on Thursday.”
When asked about her allegation that her husband had been picked up, she said Mithun worked for protecting the rights of the minority communities.
“He wrote for recovering vested properties of the Hindus but he was not involved in any conspiracy,” she said. “May be he is being harassed for his Facebook posts criticising the government.”
A DB source said they had uncovered a conspiracy to topple the government. Apart from Abdullah Al Faruk and his wife Shahnaj Sarkar, Mithun, Asit and Shipon Basu, a Bangladeshi national residing in India are involved in the plot.
“They held more than one meeting, including one at a hotel in Kolkata, to oust the government,” the source said.
Seven others still missing
Meanwhile, seven people, who had gone missing under unclear circumstances from Dhaka, could not be traced yet.
They include North South University teacher Mubashar Hasan, book importer Karim International’s owner Tanvir Yasin Karim, and BNP executive committee member and ABN Group’s Managing Director Syd Sadat Ahmed.
Others still missing are – Belarus honorary councillor Aniruddha Kumar Roy, Kalyan Party acting Secretary General Aminur Rahman, Canadian McGill University student Ishrak and journalist Utpal Roy.