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Teacher, pharmacist go missing


A teacher of North South University and a pharmacist of Sanofi Aventis went missing in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Following filing of general diaries by the victim’s relatives with the Khilgaon police on Tuesday night, the law enforcers started search operations, said the Khilgaon police station officer-in-charge Mashiur Rahman on Wednesday.

He also said another general diary was filed on Tuesday night with the police station over the disappearance of two brothers from Khilgaon, but later police came to know that they were picked up by the Rapid Action Battalion over their suspected involvement with extremist organisations.

NSU political science and sociology assistant professor Mubashar Hasan Caesar, also a counter-extremism analyst, remained missing since 4:00pm on Tuesday.

His father Motahar Hossain, a retired government officer, filed a complaint with the police station, stating that his son left house at about 7:00am on Tuesday for the university.

His family said they had last talked to him at about 4:00pm when he said he was going to the UNDP office at Agargaon to join a meeting.

As he did not return until 1:00am, his father reported to the police, said Tamanna Tasmin, the victim’s sister.

Mubashar, 35, had completed his PhD from Griffith University in Australia on counter violent extremism and Bangladesh.

The missing of Mubashar, also a former journalist and contributor to IRIN, triggered huge outcry on social media.

His uncle Monzur Hossain, a senior research fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, said Mubashar was worried about his security since a young man, who introduced himself as a student of the assistant professor, visited his house on August 25 in his absence.

He installed CCTV cameras in his house to keep a watch on visitors, added Monzur Hossain.

Khilgaon OC Mashiur Rahman said the family of Sanofi Aventis pharmacist Abu Muhammad Jamal Rahman also reported another missing complaint, but police had not made any headway.

Meanwhile, the Sanofi Aventis management did not reply to the query sent by New Age until Wednesday evening.

Mashiur Rahman said Tanjiza Sayeed of Barasree area filed another missing complaint with the police station stating that her husband Asaduzzaman, 35, and his brother Faisal Rahman, 30, also went missing, but they were traced later on Wednesday night.

He said both of the brothers were taken in by Rapid Action Battalion-11 and Asaduzzaman was released on Tuesday evening.

Faisal Rahman, however, was prosecuted under anti-terrorism act with his alleged connection with extremist outfit Ansar-al-Islam, said the police officer.

Family members said Asaduzzaman is an electrical engineer and he was employed with Nokia-Siemens and now doing his own business.

The family, however, refused to give details on Faisal Rahman and his profession.

In recent time, a number of ‘missing’ or disappearance caused huge tension.

Journalist Utpal Das, 29, working with online portal Purboposhchim, remains missing since October 10.

Whereabouts of two businessmen, reportedly abducted similarly from apparently secured places — Banani and Gulshan — in span of five days, were still unknown, causing tension in the police. (Source: New Age)

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