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Some people disappear willingly to embarrass law enforcers, says home minister

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-11-08 21:37:17 BdST


Sometimes people willingly go into hiding and it becomes difficult for law-enforcing agencies to find them out, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

He made the statement while speaking to journalists at the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh or CRAB on Wednesday.

Mubashar Hasan, Assistant Professor at North South University’s political science and sociology department, has been missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Regarding the him, the minister said: “I do not have the whole picture right now but we will take action for sure.”

The BNP has time and again blamed the government agencies for ‘enforced disappearance’ of many of its leaders and activists including M Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam.

Human rights organisations, both at home and abroad, have been voicing concerns over incidents of such disappearances in Bangladesh. The government has been denying the claims.

“Many a time people hole themselves up, they go underground and embarrass us,” the minister remarked.

“It becomes really difficult for the detectives to handle such ‘missing’ cases. But still we hope that we will be able to find them.”

Kamal would not give the specific number of people who have gone into hiding willingly so far.

After finding Farhad Mazhar a few months ago, police said the writer-columnist had “staged his own disappearance.”

In 2015, BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed was found in the Indian State of Meghalaya after remaining missing for around two months.

“People go missing for various reasons in this country,” Kamal had said at a programme earlier.

“Sometimes it’s related to business, they hole themselves up to avoid paying dues. Sometimes it’s social. Criminals go underground when they sense that law enforcers are trying to arrest them.”

When asked about irregularities by police personnel, the home minister said: “All the offenders will be brought to justice.”

The latest arrestee in Avijit Roy murder case has revealed “many things,” he added. “Those arrested are giving out a lot of information. Our detectives will gradually disclose them to you.”

Kamal inaugurated the renovated building of CRAB and handed identity cards to its members.