Sunday, January 1, 2012

100 people abducted in one year

The whistleblowers' news for the year 2011 was abduction ofat least 100 people belonging to different tiers of society in course of lastone year.The news of abduction and later killing or missing was first published in the country's oldest English daily -- The New Nation - causing worry to the authorities concerned.

The failure of the law enforcing agencies to rescue themalive has also raised question in different quarters.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman ProfMizanur Rahman on Saturday expressed concern over the recent incidents of'disappearance'.

"Though thenumber of crossfire has decreased in recent days, people are still worry as theincidents of 'disappearance' have risen," he said.

Prof Rahman also said the NHRC would take action against anyextrajudicial killings, including 'crossfire' or 'disappearance' afterinvestigation.

Many of the persons, missing after their abduction belong to both ruling and opposition parties, business community and political or business rivals, the law enforcers are equally blamed for the abduction.

Bangladesh rights groups are worried over the incidents ofabduction allegedly by plainclothes law enforcers and also extra-judicialkillings by RAB.

Rights groups have documented the cases of 60 people whostill remain untraced after they were allegedly picked-up by the anti-crimesquad last year, according to Ain-O-Salish Kendra, a reputed NGO on humanrights.

Chowdhury Alam, a ward level BNP leader, Liakat Hossain, aJubo League leader and several other activists of different politicalorganizations were kidnapped either by their rivals or police during the lastseveral months. They are still missing after their abduction, relatives said.

To name a few, Sarwar Jahan Babu, an activist of ChhatraLeague, was kidnapped from the Fakirapul area in the capital in broad day lighton October 26 last. He remains untraced since then.

Babul's brother Abdur Rahman Manik alleged that a group ofseven police in plainclothes picked him up from hotel Asar at Fakirapul.

Iqbal Bahar Faisal, another brother of Babul, also spoke inthe same vein.

Manik registered a GD with the Motijheel Police Station inthis connection on October 27.

Manik in his diary said Babul was an aspirant for the postof president of Chhatra League of Sonagachi municipality. A ward commissionerof the same municipality Noor Nobi Liton was reported to have been vying forthe same post. Liton might have been behind the plot in using police forkidnapping, it was alleged in the diary.

RAB allegedly picked up an expelled Jubo League leaderLiakat Hossain from Dhanmondi residential area a few months ago. Police dubbedhim a listed criminal. Hossain's family is not sure whether he is still aliveor dead.

BNP leader Chowdury Alam and commissioner of Ward-56 of DCC,was reportedly picked up by the RABmembers on June 25 and kept him confined. Both police and RAB denied theirinvolvement in his arrest.

Ashraf Sardar told The New Nation Wednesday that about 12-14armed hoodlums introducing them as RAB-5 members picked up his brother AkbarSardar, a resident of Madirapur district, from Thakurgaon district on March 24last, but still his whereabouts could not be known.

The victim's brother alleged that for establishing politicalsupremacy in the greater Madaripur and Shariatpur areas some quarters of theruling party had abducted Akbar Sardar from Thakurgaon.

Ashraf Sardar's another brother Ayub Sardar and his friendAbdur Rahman were also picked up by some people passing them as police on May16 and still they are missing.

Family members of the victim KM Shamim Akhter, 40, allegedthat a group of about seven to eight people identifying them as RAB members picked up him at about 9 am when he came out of his rentedresidence at 12/4 Purana Paltan lane on October 23. He was never to be found anywhere after his abduction.

Shamim is a former vice-president of the central committeeof Bangladesh Chhatra Union. He is an accused in a few cases lodged by hispolitical opponents.

Police, however, said many of the abduction cases wereengineered by the rival parties of the victims, but the law enforcers had tobear the brunt of such incidents.