ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES

Victims’ relatives frustrated with govt negligence

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:04, Jun 03,2018 | Updated: 00:18, Jun 03,2018

 
 

Relatives of the victims of enforced disappearance on Saturday expressed their frustration that the authorities were not sincere about finding out those who remained traceless since they were picked up by the law enforcers.
They vented their frustration at a discussion jointly organised by rights organisation Odhikar and Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances at Odhikar office in the capital as their closing programme of International Week of the Disappeared 2018.
Relatives of the disappearance victims, mostly opposition activists, said that no government authorities communicated with them whereas police visited their homes unnecessarily.
Afroza Islam, sister of victim Sajedul Islam, who was involved in Bangladesh Nationalist Party politics and disappeared in December 2013, said that the number of victims was rising day by day.
She urged people to join them in their protest against such forced disappearances as if people kept mum all would become victims.
She said that her brother along with seven others was picked up a team of Rapid Action Battalion-1 in 2013 but police did not receive any case in this link.
Abdul Hye, uncle of Kushtia Islamic University student Al Mokaddek, said that he failed to hold a press conference at Pirojpur Press Club last month because of RAB and police.
Mokaddek along with his friend Oli Ullah disappeared in 2012 from Nabinagar of Savar when they were travelling by a bus to go to their campus in Kushtia from Dhaka.
Relatives of the victims of enforced disappearance at the programme urged the government to take necessary initiatives to return their dear ones.
Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan said that the government should stop such enforced disappearance and ensure punishment of the members of the law enforcement agencies involved in such activities.

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